Editorial 37: Protect

Welcome to #37: this is the PROTECT issue.

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PROTECT, as in:

• to keep from being damaged
• to defend, shield, screen
• to barricade, shelter, arm
• to champion, veil, watch over
• to escort, patrol, preserve
• to keep from being curtailed
• to play careful defense, avoid risky plays

In this issue:

In 1993, Tamara Vukov, Minelle D’Souza, Marisa Antonaya and sound engineer Sarah Toy produced a sound piece for Hersay on CKUT and the NCRA Remembering December 6th compilation which played at community radio stations across the country. For this issue of NMP, Vukov revisits the piece, 25 years later. Tamara Vukov is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at l’Université de Montréal.

In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decided that several parts of Canada’s Criminal Code dealing with prostitution are unconstitutional because they violate the rights of sex workers by undermining their health and safety. In response, the federal government introduced Bill C-36 in early June 2014 and implemented it on December 6.  In this issue of NMP, we reprint an explanatory document about Bill C-36 written by Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Pivot Legal Society & Stella, l’amie de Maimie.

Photographer Daphne Chan’s work explores identity – how it reveals itself through gender, culture, sexuality and body image. NMP curator, Andrea Zeffiro, interviews Daphne Chan on Transparency: The Gender Identity Project, a visual depiction of the LGBT and genderqueer community of New York.

Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. In this piece, he describes his most recent crowdsourced, participatory rubber stamp currency intervention, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot,” which functions as a creative response to the ongoing killings of unarmed black males by police.

Big thank you to Portside for letting us reprint the incredible piece: Meet the BART-Stopping Woman Behind “Black Lives Matter” by Heather Smith.

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In 2015, we welcome the amazing Andrea Zeffiro to the NMP curatorial team – thank you for your interviews, organizational skills, humour, and invaluable insights.

As always, huge thank-you to our copy editors, to all the NMP regulars, contributors past and future, and to readers and supporters of the project in so many ways.

Mél Hogan, M-C MacPhee and Andrea Zeffiro