Editorial 43: Rights

Welcome to #43: this is the RIGHTS issue.

RIGHTS, as in:

– Civil Rights; Human Rights; Bill of Rights
– That which is morally, ethically or legally proper.
– To do justice.
– In fairness; justly.

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In this issue:

For the last year and three months, cover photographer Devi Lockwood has been traveling in the USA, Fiji, Tuvalu, New Zealand, and Australia, mostly by bicycle and by boat, to collect 1,001 stories from people about water and/or climate change. To date, Lockwood has collected 442 stories. In this issue of NMP, Lockwood shares a story from from the village of Nukuloa on the island of Gau in Fiji.

In 2012 artist and activist Jessica Whitbread began LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN: Romance Starts at Home (LPW) a social media project which encourages the creation of public and private acts of love and caring for women living with HIV. Whitbread discusses LPW with her friends Jonny Mexico and Theodore (ted) Kerr. Together they explore the role of art and culture within social movements, reflecting on their own experiences and what LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN means in their communities.

In the Spring of 2014, Shar Cranston-Reimer got (gay) married. Cranston-Reimer reflects on the process itself as an opportunity to make sense of the complexity of the experience and to try to make some sense of it in relation to queer rights.

Last year Daphne Chan was NMP’s feature photographer for issue 37: Protect. At that time, Chan was embarking on Transparency: The Gender Identity Project and preparing for a three-month residency in New York City. Chan returns to NMP one year later alongside Sasha Velour to showcase their project What I’ve Learned about Death as a Drag Queen.

It’s Not Your Fault is a short movie by Raven Davis about the violence of online comments made towards Indigenous people, and specifically about Indigenous Women of Canada, and the negligence of online/social media outlets allowing hate speech. The film is a personal response recorded, edited and performed by Davis, as an Indigenous person who has experienced violence by both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous men.

We invite submissions for the next few issues of NMP. Please consult our Guidelines and email us: info at nomorepotlucks dot org.

As we wind down, NMP will come out every 4 months instead of every 2, with all back issues available in print-on-demand (eventually). For now, you can access the NMP holdings in our archive at e-artexte.

As always, huge thank-you to Tamara Shepherd (our amazing copy editor), to all the NMP regulars, contributors past and future, and to readers and supporters of the project in so many ways.

Andrea Zeffiro, Mél Hogan and M-C MacPhee