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.
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.