October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015

good-bye

Thanks!

It’s been five months since Humans vs Harper took to social media to express our frustration and concern about the direction Harper was taking our country.

Since then, we posted over 100 articles and saw over 45,000 hits and 25,000 visitors to our blog. But we were just a small part of an unprecedented wave of anti-Harper sentiment on-line. Songs, Facebook pages, blogs, twitter handles, videos, photo posters, signs, stickers, and endless conversations among Canadians, all of which had the common goal of getting rid of Stephen Harper. Facebook pages with names like Heave Steve, Shit Harper Did, Stop Harper, Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper, and Women Against Stephen Harper illustrate the depth of anger and frustration.

This on-line movement fed on itself, expanded and exploded. As the reception grew, it’s momentum supported a fierce desire for change, for a new government. And that’s what we got. Even if we might have preferred a different result we celebrate the fact that through raising our voices we defeated a vile government.

Thanks to everyone who read our blog, who commented, who liked us, who signed up, who shared, who retweeted and favourited us. You kept us going all these months and you defeated Harper. In the coming months, we’ll all see what we can make of this new beginning.

October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015

good-bye

Thanks!

It’s been five months since Humans vs Harper took to social media to express our frustration and concern about the direction Harper was taking our country.

Since then, we posted over 100 articles and saw over 45,000 hits and 25,000 visitors to our blog. But we were just a small part of an unprecedented wave of anti-Harper sentiment on-line. Songs, Facebook pages, blogs, twitter handles, videos, photo posters, signs, stickers, and endless conversations among Canadians, all of which had the common goal of getting rid of Stephen Harper. Facebook pages with names like Heave Steve, Shit Harper Did, Stop Harper, Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper, and Women Against Stephen Harper illustrate the depth of anger and frustration.

This on-line movement fed on itself, expanded and exploded. As the reception grew, it’s momentum supported a fierce desire for change, for a new government. And that’s what we got. Even if we might have preferred a different result we celebrate the fact that through raising our voices we defeated a vile government.

Thanks to everyone who read our blog, who commented, who liked us, who signed up, who shared, who retweeted and favourited us. You kept us going all these months and you defeated Harper. In the coming months, we’ll all see what we can make of this new beginning.

VOTE! You Know You Want To

VOTE! You Know You Want To

It’s Election Day. This post is going live at midnight in Newfoundland, so if it is still October 18 where you are reading it, go to bed. You have work to do in the morning.
We have two videos for you, one serious and one funny. That’s how divided we are after this endless campaign. We hope we come out laughing, but only after the serious work of voting is done.
Here’s the first one. Under 90 seconds, a couple of hundred words, and great graphics.


And here’s one last song to sing on your way to the polls, by Paul Kolinski.

When you go to vote, be sure to take some ID with photo and address (e.g., driver’s licence) OR two pieces of ID, one with photo, one with address. Remember: You don’t have to be registered to vote. More information here and here.
So go vote. Vote as if your future depends on it. Believe us  ̵  it does.

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Babies: Voting with Their Hearts and Minds on October 19

Babies: Voting with Their Hearts and Minds on October 19

Baby_kittensLet’s just state the obvious: Only Stephen Harper would try to suppress the baby vote.

As we might imagine, the babies and puppies were easy to influence, so they – and we – owe a big debt of gratitude to the kittens. One rallied the troops by looking at Harper with a dead-eyed who-the-hell-do-you-think-you are stare. That’s all it took.

This is a crew of highly enthusiastic voters, especially once their needs are met.

Portrait of cute Asian baby girl, isolated on white background

With a dry diaper and a warm bottle, baby voters will go anywhere. puglooks2The puppies always want to do it all, but they can leash that loveable tendency for the time it takes to mark their ballot.

While the concept of a leader is unimaginable to the kitten voter, she does have curiosity on her side and can be counted on to get the whole picture before she graces the polling booth with her presence. Noting that resentment does fuel the kitten vote; kittens and cats still feel bitter that Harper used them as a humanizing prop.kitlookuUP2

PuppyiCrib2The top issues for these avid first time voters start with – no kidding – protection of the environment. Beyond that, their collective list of demands include onesies for all, free bite-sized jerky, subsidized pet dental care, and a national strategy to infuse everything with catnip.

Meanwhile, these voters have all pledged to vote against Harper. So, when you run into them at your polling station, make sure to give them a celebratory thumbs up!

Humans vs Harper Final Slide Show – Focus: Bye Bye Harper

Humans vs Harper Final Slide Show – Focus: Bye Bye Harper

As the election draws ever closer, Humans vs Harper will soon begin packing up our blog, so it’s a great time to bring you our final HvH slide show. While we still have a few more posts coming, here’s a trip down HvH  Memory Lane showing many of the images that accompanied our posts. Since every picture says – at least – a thousand words, the slides  will bring you thousands of reminders of why so many Canadians so immediately understood that we must stop Harper once and for all. Continue reading

Humans vs Harper Final Slide Show – Focus: Bye Bye Harper

As the election draws ever closer, Humans vs Harper will soon begin packing up our blog, so it’s a great time to bring you our final HvH slide show. While we still have a few more posts coming, here’s a trip down HvH  Memory Lane showing many of the images that accompanied our posts. Since every picture says – at least – a thousand words, the slides  will bring you thousands of reminders of why so many Canadians so immediately understood that we must stop Harper once and for all.

To activate the slide show, click on any image.

Below an excerpt from Sandy Cameron’s poem, We Need A New Map http://sandycameron.vcn.bc.ca/2012/we-need-a-new-map.

We Need a New Map – Excerpt

Drawing a new map

is like singing.

Voicehandler asked Loon

why she talked so much

and Loon replied,

“Well, Sir, I’m not just talking

to my own ears.

The spirit-beings tell me

they have no place to live.

That’s the reason I keep talking.”

Loon sings the sacred

into the world

and creates a new map.

Sing your song, friend.

Tell your story.

The map we inherited

isn’t any good.

The old roads mislead.

We need a new map.

Sandy Cameron (1931-2010) was a poet, teacher, logger, and prospector who wrote beautiful poetry and worked for social justice. He helped people understand the history of our struggles so they would be encouraged and he was a true nature lover. He lived  for many years in the DTES and most everything he wrote was published in the Carnegie Newsletter. This intro borrows from a tribute by Jean Swanson, a long time friend and DTES activist.