When opening new electronic accounts (such as a social media account) for a Humane Party state chapter, team members should follow certain conventions with respect to the names of the accounts. Here are models or templates for account names, listed in descending order of preference (i.e., beginning with the best choice):
“humane” + [two-letter postal abbreviation for that state] ….. then, if that’s not available:
“humane” + [full state name]
[two-letter abbreviation] + “humane”
[full state name] + “humane”
Thus, for example, when opening a social media account for the Humane Party of California (which state’s two-letter postal abbreviation is “CA”), the following nomenclature choices should be followed (in descending order of preference):
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.
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.
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.
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!
The position of Staff Coordinator of the Humane Party rotates among a group of volunteers roughly according to the following schedule:
Winter Shift: November – January
Spring Shift: February – April
Summer Shift: May – July
Autumn Shift: August – October
Practical realities sometimes prevent the HP from adhering perfectly to this rotation schedule. For instance, a given Staff Coordinator may shorten or lengthen her or his shift on a particular occasion. But the basic schedule remains that depicted above.
Rotating the Staff Coordinator 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
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.
The Humane Party symbol and original logo (the “classic” logo)
In 2009, the Humane Party selected the bovine as the party’s primary symbol because bovines are currently subject to some of the most extreme forms of human brutality. Bovines have also been so thoroughly propertized that one commonly used plural word for bovine cows and bulls is “cattle”—a word derived from the Anglo-French catel, meaning “property”.
The colors and stars used in the original, “classic” logo were intended to evoke those of the American flag.
The negative spaces between the legs of the bovine depict the silhouettes of three other animals. These additional animals were included to indicate three levels of U.S. government—federal, state, and local—and thereby show that the scope and aim of the Humane Party is fully commensurate with that of other political parties.
Neither. The Humane Party does not fit neatly—or at all—into a “conservative” or “liberal” slot. The Humane Party’s positions are based on science and ethics.
For example, consider the Humane Party’s policies regarding climate. The heat-trapping properties of a greenhouse gas (e.g., methane) can be measured and have been measured. The results of these measurements are not in dispute anywhere in the global science community. The Humane Party recognizes these measurements as a matter of science and math, not as a matter of “conservative” or “liberal” ideology.
In developing policies based on these measurements, the Humane Party has paid no regard to what the “conservative” or “liberal” view might be and has afforded no consideration to what “conservatives” or “liberals” as such might prefer.
During the earliest days of the entity now called the Humane Party, this organization had three alternate names: the “Vegan Party”, the “Abolition Party”, and 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 is the first (and currently only) U.S. political party that requires all candidates, officers, and board members to be vegan. Moreover, the Humane party is indeed the Abolition Party, because it is the first (and currently only) U.S. political party committed to abolition of slavery.
Notwithstanding the accuracy of all three names, the Humane Party eventually 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 “vegan” or the word “abolition”. For instance, the Humane Party’s leadership in areas such as civil rights, health care, economic development, and national security falls more comfortably within the generally recognized ambit of the word “humane” than that of the other two choices.