WtPAK Reflections on the Elections

WtP Alaska Letter Published in ADN and Juneau Empire

I hope we all learned at least one thing from this primary election – we need to get big money out of politics. About $15 million was spent on the oil tax referendum, almost all from the oil industry, and about $15 million was spent on the US Senate race, most from major corporations or individuals who made their fortunes through the tax advantages provided by owning corporations. This wasn’t freedom of speech; it was freedom to propagandize. You don’t have a functional democracy when more money = more speech. Continue reading

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Gershon Cohen of We the People Alaska and Senator Mark Begich Agree: Corporations are not People

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Hobby Lobby ruling expands corporate rights

Anchorage Daily News

The following editorial appeared in the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer on Tuesday, July 1:

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling Monday that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees brought protests that it will deny some corporate employees full access to health care.

But the court’s ruling was narrow, and its effect on women’s use of contraception likely will not be as broad as its opponents claim. What was more disturbing about the ruling than the issue of preventing conception was the court majority’s insistence on bringing into legal life a new entity the corporation as person. Continue reading

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Candidates for U.S. House and Senate Races Sign Alaska Constitution Pledge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 23, 2014

Contact:

Gershon Cohen, PhD
907-766-3005
pledge@wethepeoplealaska.org

U.S. House candidate Forrest Dunbar and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Fish signed We the People Alaska’s Constitutional Pledge to let Alaskans know they believe the intent of the Alaska Constitution has always been to protect constitutional rights for individual human beings, and not to grant those rights to corporations, unions, and other “artificial persons.”  Dunbar and Fish added their names to the list that includes U.S. Senator Mark Begich, running for re-election, and Lt. Governor candidate State Senator Hollis French, as well as a rapidly growing number of incumbent Alaska Legislators and candidates in the upcoming 2014 election. Continue reading

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The Shannyn Moore Show

Shannyn Moore discusses corporate personhood in Alaska and interviews Gershon Cohen about the Alaska Constitution Pledge and related issues.

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New coalition wants state candidates to sign pledges that corporations aren’t people

By LISA DEMER
ldemer@adn.comMarch 30, 2014

A grassroots group that started in Haines is pushing for Alaska’s political leaders and candidates to sign a pledge declaring only individual human beings, and not artificial entities such as corporations and unions, have rights.

The We the People Alaska coalition says constitutional rights belong to people and while corporations and unions may be granted privileges, that’s not the same thing. Continue reading

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We the People on “Talk of Alaska”

The issue of corporate personhood has been brought up repeatedly by callers to the Talk of Alaska. Steve Heimel interviews Gershon Cohen. Listen to the interview here.

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Ask politicians to say corporations aren’t people: Capital idea from up north

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A few citizens in Haines, Alaska, have an idea that worth spreading far beyond their small town at the head of a fjord in Southeast Alaska.

“We the People Alaska” is challenging officeholders and political candidates in America’s 49th State to sign a petition saying that corporations are not people.  The group plans to launch its effort in 11 different Alaska cities, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The drive is, in part, an answer to Alaska’s political culture.  The oil industry has long dominated the state, with lobbyists an outsized presence in the state capital.  An FBI investigation once turning up a self-identified “Corrupt Bastards Club” among state lawmakers in Juneau. Continue reading

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Stand with Montana in fight against corporate personhood

March 16, 2012 8:15 am  •  Guest column by C.B. PEARSON, VERNER BERTELSEN and BECKY DOUGLAS

It’s time for Montanans to stand up for themselves.  More and more, our individual voices are getting drowned out by big money in politics. The recent Citizens United v. FEC decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has made the situation intolerable.

That’s why on Feb. 28, we filed a citizen’s initiative that we hope will appear on the 2012 ballot. Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry:

Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights

“In the absence of state law, business entities are nothing.”

Photo Credit: Brandi Merolla
April 11, 2013
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A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State’s fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state’s constitution, giving citizens and journalists a powerful tool to understand the health and environmental impacts of natural gas drilling in their communities.

“Whether a right of privacy for businesses exists within the prenumbral rights of Pennsylvania’s constitution is a matter of first impression,” wrote Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca late last month. “It does not.” Continue reading

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