What are the Humane Party conferences?

2016 Conference Map | Humane Party

Humane Party state chapters are grouped into several conferences.  The purpose of these groups is simply to allow a Humane Party conference developer to serve as a common assistant to all the state chapters in the given conference.  The conference developer can pitch in as an extra volunteer and advisor wherever needed by the given conference’s state chapters.

The following chart shows the 2016 arrangement of HP conferences.

2016 Conference Map | Humane Party | by Paul Karkoska
2016 Conference Map | Humane Party | by Paul Karkoska

 

What is the ‘Ethical Commons’ program?

Deeper Shade of Green | The Humane Party

The Humane Party’s “Ethical Commons” program is a means whereby the HP helps foster the growth of other ethics- and science-based organizations and political parties in other countries.  Through this program, the HP allows anyone anywhere—without prior notice to and without prior, express, written consent of the HP—to freely copy, translate, modify, and re-use the following HP written literature under the following conditions:

  • the derivative use is of one or more of the following pieces of HP literature (text only, not HP-associated images or trade names)
    • Humane Party Platform
    • Humane Party Oath
    • Humane Party Vision, Values, Mission, and Goals Statements
    • proposed legislation (e.g., Abolition Amendment)
  • the actual and apparent intent of the derivative use must be to protect and, ultimately, liberate other animals
  • the derivative use does not state or imply that the Humane Party endorses or is associated with any particular party, organization, candidate, or other person or entity
  • the derivative use may credit or thank the HP but does not otherwise include the Humane Party name or any HP logo, motto, slogan, or other HP trademarks

Any uses of HP-owned intellectual property not meeting the above still require express, prior written consent of the HP.

Please feel free to take advantage of the Ethical Commons program so as to accelerate the founding and growth of your organization.

Deeper Shade of Green | The Humane Party
Deeper Shade of Green | The Humane Party (2010)

Why doesn’t the Humane Party use “humaneparty.org” email addresses?

The Humane Party does not provide email addresses (e.g., “example@humaneparty.org”) for several reasons.  Two main reasons are:

  • cost:  the more financial overhead the HP has, the more the HP will need to seek financial contributions
  • volunteers:  the more administrative overhead the HP has, the more thinly the HP’s limited volunteer time will be spread

This issue is one where the HP’s unique organizational nature and the vulnerability of the constituents the HP represents require an approach that may differ from that of other organizations.

 

Is the Humane Party alone?

Humane Party buttons

No. Ethics- and science-based political parties are rising up all around the world to replace violence-based parties.  Here are links to several new political parties:

Please feel free to send suggestions for additional parties to be included in this list.

The Humane Party is not affiliated with any of the other parties in this list and cannot vouch for these parties, their candidates, or policies.  However, they do appear to be moving in the right direction as part of a global paradigm shift in what political parties are, what they do, and who they represent.

 

Humane Party buttons
Humane Party buttons

 

How do I become a Humane Party candidate?

Seal of U.S. Senate

Need for Candidates

Ending animal abuse, exploitation, and slaughter in the U.S. will require election of Humane Party candidates to the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and Presidency.  Specifically, the HP must win at least:

  • 51 seats in the Senate (majority)
  • 218 seats in the House of Representatives (majority)
  • 1 seat in the White House (President)

Achieving these numbers will, therefore, require victories in over 250 individual elections for federal office, which, in turn, will require HP candidates running in thousands of elections through the coming years and decades.

Becoming a Candidate

A person who may want to run for office as a Humane Party candidate should review the qualifications for candidacy, most notably:

  • meeting the legal requirements, such as age and citizenship requirements, for the federal office itself
  • executing the Humane Party Oath

If a person meets these qualifications, he or she should contact the Humane Party via the volunteer form on the Humane Party’s main website.  Our country needs you to run—and win!

Your Campaign

While the Humane Party does its utmost to provide assistance to each HP candidate and to ensure that each campaign adheres to the core values that brought the HP together, the candidate’s campaign organization is separate from the HP.  HP candidates are free to conduct their campaigns and manage their campaign organizations as they see fit.

 

Seal of U.S. Senate
Seal of U.S. Senate

Why doesn’t the Humane Party print up t-shirts?

Promoting veganism, abolitionism, and the U.S.’s ethics- and science-based political party is a necessary component of the animal emancipation, rights, and liberation movement. But such promotion must be done in a way that has no or minimal environmental impact. This approach is the essence of leadership by example—what’s often referred to as “being the change.”  And leadership by example is a core principle of the HP.

Avoid printing of any kind

Each new postcard, business card, hat, t-shirt, or other printed item has an environmental impact.  Thus, creation of physical promotional materials should be avoided altogether or kept to a bare minimum.

T-shirt analysis

In 2010, the HP briefly experimented with making a few t-shirts (a total of about ten) and one hat (see examples below), and these items were extremely well received.  Almost every new HP supporter wants a Humane Party t-shirt.  And wearing a Humane Party t-shirt to the grocery store will often prompt inquiries about the movement, the party, and where to get a Humane Party t-shirt!

But the environmental impact of t-shirts weighed against their product-lifetime value in promoting the message makes them less viable than other options, particularly, the re-use / upcycling option described below.  Here are some reasons that t-shirts are not ideal:

  • T-shirts have a limited scope of wearability.  For example, a t-shirt cannot be worn to a formal dinner, business networking event, or other event where reasonably formal attire is required.  A t-shirt cannot be worn over a tuxedo, suit, business outfit, or dress.  (Buttons, discussed below, perform better on this issue because they can be worn with almost anything.)
  • T-shirts have a limited share-ability.  A t-shirt has a set size, which fits some people and not others. (Buttons, discussed below, perform better on this issue also, because they can be worn by almost anyone.)
  • T-shirts have a limited duration of wearability.  With each use and wash, a t-shirt fades and degrades until it eventually may becomes unattractive or unusable.

Best option: re-use or “upcycle” your existing clothing instead of buying new clothing

For people who would like to wear a t-shirt or other item that has the Humane Party logo or other vegan, abolitionist symbol, the HP recommends re-using or “upcycling” your existing clothing rather than buying new clothing.  For instance, with a small amount of work and an X-Acto knife, you can cut out a stencil for yourself and then use the stencil and some fabric dye to stencil the emblem on your existing shirt, jeans, hat, bag, or other item.

stencil example
stencil example

If you’re not handy with such tools, you can download the Humane Party stencil and have it 3-D printed at your local library.  You can then use this stencil over and over to place the Humane Party logo on everything you’d like.  You can even use your stencil on larger items, such as posters and banners, for vegan-themed events, such as the Veggie Pride Parade.

Other options: button

Another choice is a button or pin.  The wearability scope and duration of a button appears to be higher than that of a t-shirt.  For instance, a button can go with all outfits (formal, casual, whatever); can be attached to hats, backpacks, cloth furniture, or almost anything else; can be worn by anyone of any size; and can look shiny and new after 1000 uses.  Buttons also have a long tradition of usage specifically in the political sphere.

Humane Party buttons
Humane Party buttons

What to do with existing t-shirts

If you’ve already got an animal rights t-shirt, yes, wear it all the time!  And as described above, you can also upcycle it by stenciling, drawing, or writing “Humane Party” somewhere on your existing t-shirts or other clothing items so as to repurpose them into HP promotional materials.

Future

Whether clothing or any other item, the creation of new products—rather than re-use of existing products—should only be undertaken after all other options have been shown to be infeasible through an analysis that addresses issues such as:

  • resources and materials used to make the item (e.g., water, land, fertilizer), which must be vegan and cruelty-free
  • processes used in making the item (e.g., made in U.S.A., workers who are paid well, free from so-called “pesticides”)
  • upcycle or recycle-ability (e.g., zero-landfill impact) of the item after it has served the original purpose

Use the “Three-Yes Test” as a brief introduction to this analysis.

The best choice is to re-use or upcycle products or go without a product rather than to print up new materials.  The second-best choice is to use only those printed materials that prove to have the highest value-to-impact ratio.

Example Humane Party t-shirt
Experimental Humane Party t-shirt
hat
Experimental HP hat (printed in 2010)

Why doesn’t the Humane Party platform address this issue?

Earth Day | Birthday | Platform Day

Development of the Humane Party platform is—like all other HP tasks–driven by volunteers; that’s part of the nature of being an all-volunteer organization.  As a result, the platform does not yet address certain issues.  Specifically, until a volunteer with the requisite expertise, insight, and personal commitment with respect to a given issue steps up, that issue remains un-addressed or under-addressed in the HP platform.

What can be done to move the platform forward?

If the Humane Party platform doesn’t yet address an important issue and a position on that issue is not implied by other positions, the HP is awaiting a volunteer who’s ready, willing, and able to help develop the HP’s position on that issue.  If you yourself are the right person to help handle this issue, the time to volunteer is now!

Earth Day | Birthday | Platform Day
Earth Day | Birthday | Platform Day

Why didn’t the Humane Party keep “the Abolition Party” as its formal name?

"Wow.. Being Property Sucks." - cartoon by Jim Bertram, 2011

During the process of creating and naming what is now called the Humane Party, the organization had three alternate names.  They were:

  • the “Vegan Party”
  • the “Abolition Party”
  • the “Humane Party”

The Abolition Party logo was created during this period when the final name of the organization was still in debate.

All three of these names are now, always have been, and always will be accurate ways to refer to the Humane Party.

For example, the Humane Party is indeed the Vegan Party, because it requires, through the Humane Party Oath, that all candidates, officers, and board members must be vegan. Moreover, the Humane Party is indeed the Abolition Party, because it is expressly committed to abolition of all forms of slavery.

Notwithstanding the accuracy of all three names, the Humane Party chose the “Humane Party” name as its formal name because the word “humane” encompasses many concerns that fall outside of the commonly understood scope of the word “abolition”. For instance, the Humane Party’s leadership in areas such as civil rights (for example, the Equal Rights Amendment II (ERA2)) falls comfortably within the generally recognized ambit of the word “humane” but may not relate as directly to the word “abolition.”

 

"Wow.. Being Property Sucks." - cartoon by Jim Bertram, 2011
“Wow.. Being Property Sucks.” – cartoon by Jim Bertram, 2011