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.

 

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

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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

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

CEO Rotation Schedule | Humane Party

Rotating Staff Coordinator System

Schedule

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
CEO Rotation Schedule | Humane Party
Staff Coordinator Rotation Schedule | Humane Party

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.

Advantages

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

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.

How can I volunteer for, work for, and otherwise participate with the Humane Party?  

VOLUNTEER:  To volunteer for the Humane Party, simply submit the volunteer application. Another Humane Party volunteer will contact you soon thereafter.

JOBS / EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:  The Humane Party does not have any paid employees; the HP is an all-volunteer organization.

STUDENT INTERNSHIPS / EXTERNSHIPS:  Law students are encouraged to contact the Humane Party regarding legal internships / externships.

PARTICIPATE:  Humane Party supporters can help by spreading the word about the U.S.’s first—and currently only—animal rights party whenever the opportunity arises.  Let others know that there is now an American political party that shares their values.