What’s the best way for me to help the movement?

This chart provides a good breakdown of five different tiers of the animal-protection movement.  Find the one that’s right for you and then let the Humane Party know by submitting the volunteer application.

Effective Activist

Effective Activist

What are the Humane Party conferences?

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?

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 associated images or trade names)
    • Humane Party Platform
    • Humane Party Oath
    • Humane Party Vision, Values, Mission, and Goals Statements
    • Humane Party Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct
  • 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?

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?

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 provide t-shirts?

Promoting veganism, abolitionism, and the vegan, abolitionist political party is necessary to achieving the political and legislative victories to which the Humane Party is committed.  But each action that the Humane Party takes must be evaluated according to the values that the HP espouses.  This approach is the essence of leadership by example—what’s often referred to as “being the change”.

Avoiding printing of any kind

As the “Resources” page of the HP website states, the Humane Party discourages the use of paper or other printing materials of any kind.  Each printed postcard, business card, hat, t-shirt, or other printed item has an environmental impact.  Thus, creation of physical promotional material should be avoided whenever possible.

T-shirt analysis

While the HP did briefly experiment with making a few t-shirts (about ten shirts, back in 2009-10), the environmental impact of t-shirts  weighed against their product-lifetime value in promoting the message makes them undesirable vis-a-vis other options at this point in the analysis.

T-shirts have a limited scope and duration of a wearability.  For example, a t-shirt cannot be worn  to a formal dinner, business networking event, or other event where reasonably formal attire is appropriate.  A t-shirt cannot be worn over a tuxedo, suit, business outfit, or dress.  A t-shirt has a size, which fits some people and not others. And with each use and wash, a t-shirt fades and degrades until it eventually becomes rather unattractive.

Other options, such as buttons

A better choice is something like a button. While buttons are by no means perfect, the wearability scope and duration of a button appears to be higher than that of a t-shirt.  For instance, a button can:

  • fit with a variety of outfits (suit, dress, whatever) and settings (formal, casual, whatever);
  • be attached to hats, handbags, backpacks, cloth furniture, or almost anything else;
  • be worn by anyone of any size (i.e., “one size fits all”); and
  • can look shiny and new after beingworn 1000 times.

Buttons also have a long tradition of usage specifically in the political sphere.  For reasons such as these, the HP has chosen to use buttons instead of t-shirts, hats, or other printed wearable items.

Humane Party buttons

Humane Party buttons

Upcycling:  What to do with your existing t-shirts

If you’ve already got a t-shirt that promotes veganism, animal rights, or other ethical message, yes, please wear it all the time!

Meanwhile, you can also draw or write “Humane Party” somewhere on your existing t-shirts or other clothing items so as to repurpose them into HP promotional materials.

Future

If a Humane Party volunteer steps forward with a comprehensive, compelling plan to make t-shirts, perhaps t-shirts could emerge as a viable choice for the HP in the future.  But that plan would need to address issues such as the resources and materials used to make the shirt and processes used in making the shirt.

Until then, the best choice is to not use printed materials at all.  The second-best choice is to use only those printed materials that prove to have the highest value-to-impact ratio and otherwise meet HP criteria.

 

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

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?

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

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

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

What is the Humane Party’s rotating-CEO system? Why does the HP rotate the CEO position? Is there any precedent for such a system?

Rotating CEO System

Schedule

The position of Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Party rotates among a group of volunteers according to the following schedule:

  • Winter Shift: November – January
  • Spring Shift: February – April
  • Summer Shift: May – July
  • Autumn Shift: August – October
CEO Rotation Schedule | Humane Party

CEO Rotation Schedule | Humane Party

Practical realities sometimes prevent the HP from adhering perfectly to this rotation schedule.  For instance, a given CEO may shorten or lengthen his or her shift on a particular occasion.  But the basic schedule remains that depicted above.

Advantages

Rotating the CEO position offers many benefits to the Humane Party, including:

  • preserving the all-volunteer nature of the HP
  • expanding the range and diversity of leadership skills and approaches
  • reducing the likelihood of stagnation
  • reducing burnout and fatigue

Precedents

Modern governments, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses employ rotating-responsibility work models in many contexts. For instance, hospitals provide round-the-clock care for patients by rotating doctors and nurses in shifts. Military, police, fire, and security forces stand ready 24 hours per day by virtue of rotations.

The rotating-leadership approach is not strictly a modern innovation; this approach has ancient roots. For instance, Herodotus reports that the ancient Athenians rotated command of the army between approximately ten generals—each shift lasting only one day—during their history-making defense of Greece against invading forces of the Persian Empire.