Why Vegan Intentional Communities?

As a human people we were once a community.  Life was difficult, with few resources.  So, people banded together for the common good—for themselves and for those in their immediate vicinity.  After World War II, intentional communities were created as one answer to the dis-connection, or de-evolution of our human society.  But do they take the intention far enough?

Earth Day Brings Humane Party’s 9th Birthday and Release of 2018-19 Platform

Earth Day 2018 (Sunday, April 22) will mark the 9th anniversary of the launch of the Humane Party.  As per tradition, the HP will also release its bi-annual party platform on Earth Day. The 2018-19 platform includes two new sections and several significant updates.

Veggie Pride Parade | Don't Have a Cow

April 8, 2018: Veggie Pride Parade NYC | Event Schedule Available

The schedule for the 11th Annual Veggie Pride Parade in New York, NY, has been released.  The event features over 20 speakers representing a wide array of perspectives on veganism, animal liberation, free speech, and more. Participants can also network with over 30 exhibitors who will be present. An after-party buffet and all-vegan comedy show follows the event.

Guy Rittger, Technology Coordinator, The Humane Party

Born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Japan, Singapore and Thailand, Guy Rittger joined the Humane Party in January 2017, as the national technology coordinator, in response to an invitation from Humane Party 2016 Presidential candidate Clifton Roberts.

Veganizing the Great Works—the “Classics”—of Literature

While subjection to speciesism may be required by physical and political forces in the real world, no such necessity holds in imaginary worlds.  The author, editor, and publisher of a story, a play, a novel, a poem, a song, a movie script, a video game, or some other piece of literature wield plenary power over the manufactured universe in which that piece is set.  If we want readers and viewers to escape from speciesism, even just for a little while and even just in their imaginations, we can enable that escape by keeping speciesism and animal exploitation out of literature altogether.  This end can be achieved both (i) by writing new works that are, from the outset, free from anthropocentric and speciesist content and (ii) by editing existing works to meet that criterion.

A Christmas Carol (Dickens) | Fantasy Literature for Activists #3

The present article marks the third installment of the “Mythology and Fantasy Literature for Activists” series.  The story of A Christmas Carol has been presented, re-made, copied, and imitated in so many forms that it and its progeny serve as perennial landmarks of the modern Christmas tradition.  The essential event and theme Dickens permanently installed into this tradition—personal transformation and redemption as a result of new insight—has many features to which vegans can relate, and revisiting this story can serve to prompt reflections on and new insights regarding one’s life choices for modern activists just as it has for several generations of other readers and viewers over the last 150 years.

Vegan Literary Theory and Criticism: Toward a “Literature of Their Own”

This article briefly proposes an initial framework for articulating and formalizing a literary theory informed by the values of veganism and ahimsa and for applying that theory through literary criticism of individual works of literature. “Literature” here is broadly construed so as to include fiction and non-fiction written and spoken material as well as works in the fine and performing arts and in all expressive media, from painting and sculpture to audio and video recordings to video games and computer-generated simulations.

Mythology and Fantasy Literature for Activists #2: Watership Down

The first installment of this “Mythology and Fantasy Literature for Activists” series sought to introduce the potential value of mythology and fantasy literature for activists. Examining such literature may yield insights that reading history alone may not readily provide, particularly when one faces a challenge that, as far as the historical record goes, has never been overcome. Since animal emancipationists face just such a challenge, this potential value is, in the present author’s view, worth exploring. The previous article provided an example of a possible gleaning from Tolkien’s mythology-rich universe in which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are set. The present article continues to explore fantasy and mythology as a source of insights and inspiration for activists by means of another example.

Mike Harms, Accelerating the Growth of Veganism through Politics and Policy

Humane Party Volunteer Bio: Mike Harms found veganism in the summer of 2014 after reflecting on the health limitations preventing his parents from having an active role in their great grandson’s life. He could see that if he stayed on his current course the same problems would plague him. He now aims to accelerate the growth of veganism through his work with the Humane Party and various social media outlets.

Clifton Roberts (CA) and Robert Mason (TX)

“World Vegan Day” News: Humane Party Nominates Clifton Roberts (CA) for U.S. Senate, Robert Mason (TX) for U.S. House of Representatives

The Humane Party today announced its first two candidates for the 2018 United States Congress elections. Clifton Roberts has been nominated as the Humane Party’s 2018 candidate for U.S. Senator representing the state of California. Robert Mason has been nominated as the Humane Party’s candidate for U.S. House of Representatives representing the state of Texas (District 3). Both candidates are the first-ever HP nominees for U.S. Congressional races in California and Texas.

Brandy Walt Becomes the Humane Party’s Staff Coordinator

Brandy Walt came to the Humane Party in February 2017 as a new volunteer, ready to assume the role of Pennsylvania State Developer and soon to be State Developer Coordinator. After a few months coordinating meetings, Brandy accepted an invitation to spend the next few months as Policy Team Coordinator and Project Coordinator. On October 1, 2017, Brandy Walt became Staff Coordinator for the final shift rotation of the year.

Mythology and Fantasy Literature

Mythology and Fantasy Literature: A Role in Activism

In seeking to abolish the property status of other animals, animal rights activists are pursuing a hitherto unattained goal: no human culture, at least to the author’s knowledge, has ever achieved animal emancipation and personhood. In short, modern abolitionists can rely upon no roadmap drawn by “someone who’s been there.” But analogy and vicarious experience can help serve at least some of the functions of a roadmap. The present article begins to explore fantasy and mythology and the types of teachings one might take from fictional worlds and tales.

Dairy Industry Vs. Plant-Based Alternatives: A Review of Current Trends and Economic Implications

Consumers are visibly and increasingly shifting to plant-based alternatives; failing to recognize and implement the necessary measures to align our production to the demand can potentially cost taxpayers substantial amounts of money given the core value of the agricultural system within our economy and its interconnected nature with rural development and affordable access to food.