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Lawrence J. Gist II is a dedicated pro bono attorney and counselor at law, adjunct professor of legal studies at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA, a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Indigenous Knowledges, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

EDUCATION:
* Harvard University - International Humanitarian Law (current student);
* Gonzaga University - Doctor of Jurisprudence (cum laude); and
* Holy Names College - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religious Studies.

PRACTICE AREAS:
Lawrence Gist, informally known as "Lance Gist," uses his 20 years of combined legal and political experience to provide free legal assistance in the areas of:

* International Humanitarian Law,
* International Human Rights Law,
* Federal Civil Rights Law,
* Federal/State Due Process Administrative Law,
* Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy, and
* Legislative and Public Policy Advocacy.

AWARDS:
Pro Bono Honor Roll, American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, American Jurisprudence Award in Conflicts of Law, Best Professor of the Year.

MEMBERSHIP:
American Bar Association, National Lawyers Guild, Federal Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington DC Bar (Practice No. 433665), Lambda Cooperating Attorney Network, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Veterans for Peace.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sick for Profit: Insurance Companies Systematically Deny Care to Ill Policy Holders while their CEOs Reap Benefits As Congress breaks for recess and the health insurance industry prepares to blitz the American public with attack ads on health care reform, Brave New Films kicks off its new "Sick for Profit" online campaign.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bill O'Reilly of Fox News to be Honored For being a voice of virtue in a culture of death, FRC Action will honor Bill O'Reilly with the first ever Media Courage Award.

Thursday, July 23, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Global Arms Dealers Prepare for Orgy of Blood Money Spending In what is described as an "Unprecedented Gathering of Renowned Soldier Modernization Program Managers and Researchers at Soldier Modernization Middle East 2009," arms dealers are preparing their weapons of death and destruction for sale to almost anyone with the funds to acquire their goods.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Gay and Lesbian Couples Impacted by U.S. Tax Court Holding on Joint Filing Gay rights activist, author and artist Charles Merrill was denied joint filing status by the United States Tax Court. The court's holding requires Merrill pay the federal government nearly a million dollars for not paying taxes in 2004 and 2005, a time during which he and his partner were publicly committed and residing in North Carolina.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Minority Writers Eligible for Fully Funded Writers Workshop in New York NAMIC Writers' Workshops are presented as part of the association's on-going efforts to increase the representation of African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American creators of original content across the communications industry's entertainment platforms.

Monday, July 20, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
US Congress Ends Decade-Long Obstruction of D.C. Medical Marijuana Law The U.S. House today passed legislation that removes a decade-old provision that has prevented Washington, D.C., from implementing the medical marijuana law passed by 69 percent of capital voters in 1998.

Monday, July 20, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Testimony of Secretary Napolitano on the Identification Security: Reevaluating the Real ID Act Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, "Identification Security: Reevaluating the Real ID Act"

Sunday, July 19, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cost of Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan $687 billion for Iraq, $228 billion for Afghanistan

Saturday, July 18, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
NAACP Centennial Convention Address by President Obama Last evening in New York, President Obama gave the keynote address to the NAACP's Centennial Convention. The President's speech, while the ink has yet to have time to dry, is viewed by many on both the political left and right, as being one of the most important addresses in our nation's history.

Friday, July 17, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bill to Create Statue of "The Unknown Slave" in Washington, DC In an effort to honor the slaves who helped build the United States Capitol, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) introduced legislation this week that would create and permanently display a statue of "The Unknown Slave" in Emancipation Hall, the main area of Congress' new Capitol Visitor's Center.

Thursday, July 16, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Chinese interrogation of Uighur detainees at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt announced today that his House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Human Rights Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Chinese interrogation of Uighur detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Demanding an End to Fed Secrecy Stepping up a campaign for Federal Reserve accountability, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today questioned whether some of more than $2.2 trillion in secret subsidies went to Goldman Sachs and other bailed-out banks now planning to shower executives with huge bonuses.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dasht-e-Leili Massacre of 2000 prisoners ordered to be investigated President Obama has directed his national security team to investigate the deaths of as many as 2000 Taliban prisoners who allegedly were massacred by US-backed forces in Afghanistan.

Sunday, July 12, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Record Questioned on Issues of Religious Liberty Despite Sotomayor's extensive prior experience on the federal bench, Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling on the members of the judiciary committee to question Sotomayor on issues relating to religious liberty and church-state separation.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Myanmar Must Embrace Human Rights Myanmar's future must be rooted in respect for human rights, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, voicing his deep disappointment that the South-East Asian nation's Government refused his request to meet with Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Israel Refuses to Cooperate in Gaza War Crimes Probe In a new report published by Amnesty International on July 2, 2009, under the title: "Operation 'Cast Lead': 22 Days of Death and Destruction,"Amnesty International provides the first comprehensive report to be published on the conflict, which took place earlier this year, in which Israeli forces killed hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians and destroyed thousands of homes in Gaza.

Monday, July 6, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Combating Violations of Human Rights One Cup at a Time Storyville made the radical decision to give away everything earned during the month of May - not just profits, but every penny from every sale - to International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that rescues victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of oppression.

Sunday, July 5, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Honduras Membership Suspended within the Organization of American States The Special General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) decided today to suspend immediately the right to participate in the institution of Honduras following the coup d'Etat that expelled President Jos- Manuel Zelaya from power.

Saturday, July 4, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Honduras Coup Condemned by Human Rights Experts Calling for the immediate restoring of democracy in Honduras and the lifting of curbs on fundamental freedoms, today four independent United Nations human rights experts voiced serious concern over the situation in Honduras following last weekend's coup d'Útat.

Saturday, July 4, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
International Human Rights Committee Elects Rep. Aderholt (R-AL) to Serve as Vice-Chair Congressperson Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL) was elected Vice-Chair of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. Rep. Aderholt's voting record is generally conservative and concerns are being raised that his ideological basis will be in conflict with a more progressive agenda advocated by many within the human rights community.

Saturday, July 4, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Torture on the 4th of July As a patriot who fought and sacrificed for our country, I ask all Americans to stand up for what is civil, humane and right. If we don't demand accountability for the crimes that were committed in our name, then we as a nation will have effectively institutionalized the torture of the last eight years. Let's keep the promise for ourselves and all humanity, the promise that is our United States of America. Phillip Butler (POW)

Saturday, July 4, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Niger's Continuing Crisis Imperils Democracy United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern about Niger's continuing political and constitutional crisis, warning that it threatens to destabilize the country and undermine recent progress towards democratic governance and the rule of law.

Saturday, July 4, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Timor-Leste Polls to be Supported by Election Watchdog Volunteers Volunteers are heading to Timor-Leste to help the fledgling nation's upcoming local elections. The first batch of the 62 international volunteers arrived last week, with the next two groups scheduled to reach Timor-Leste this month.

Friday, July 3, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
United Nations Security Council Meeting on Afghanistan The United Nations Security Council is meeting today to address the Secretary-General's report of the on the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security.

Friday, July 3, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Progress in West Africa Remains Fragile while West Africa has witnessed some positive trends recently, including the holding of peaceful elections, progress in the region remains fragile and faces a number of threats.

Friday, July 3, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ending Tensions Between Ghana and Gambia United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that he welcomed the agreement reached by the Gambia and Ghana to end tensions that emerged after the deaths and disappearances of Ghanaian nationals on Gambian territory in 2005.

Friday, July 3, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Iraq Called Upon to Remove Anti-Personnel Mines in the Region United Nations report calls upon Iraq for greater efforts to ensure a safe environment for the population and warning that the country may be unable to meet its obligations under an international treaty to rid the country of the deadly scourge of anti-personnel land mines.

Thursday, July 2, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Darfur Peace Talks Ready to Resume A number of armed rebel movements in Darfur say they are ready to resume peace talks with the Sudanese Government, said an African Union-United Nations official tasked with promoting dialog between the two sides.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pending Release of Human Rights Lawyer Emanuel Zeltser Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka authorized the release of Emanuel Zeltser, reports U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairperson of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. While details are still pending, it appears that Mr. Zeltser to be released later this evening.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
U.S. Commitment to Afghan Women United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer, was asked by Secretary of State and Ambassador Holbrooke to go to Afghanistan to "reaffirm the United States's commitment to Afghan women and to underscore the President and Secretary's personal commitment to women's rights."

Thursday, July 2, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"The Blood of Jesus Christ" will Protect the Return of Ousted Honduran President Ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya declared today that he will return to his country on Thursday. He said that he does not fear for his life, because "the blood of Jesus Christ," his convictions and conduct during his entire life, as well as the Honduran masses who had taken to the streets, would protect him.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Our Nation has a Great Deal to Learn from Phillip Butler about Morality, Law, and Torture United States Naval Academy graduate, 8 years POW, and Veterans for Peace member, Dr. Phillip Butler, said today that "civil liberties and human rights organizations around the country are calling for accountability for torture. I'm amazed and profoundly disappointed that this has apparently become necessary in our country."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
United Nations General Assembly Condemns Coup in Honduras The United Nations General Assembly today condemned this weekend's coup d'Útat in Honduras, calling for the restoration of the democratically-elected President and constitutional Government.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Departing United Nations Envoy Congratulates Iraq on Gains in Consolidating Democracy United Nations envoy to Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, congratulated Iraq's Government on strides made towards the consolidation of democracy and the restoration of sovereignty. "Iraq is celebrating today's withdrawal from its cities, towns and villages of the United States-led Multinational Forces in IRAQ," said Mr. de Mistura.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Racial Profiling is Still Pervasive Widespread racial profiling by law enforcement agents as a result of Bush-era policies remains a pervasive problem throughout the United States.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
International Criminal Court to Visit African States First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court, Ms. Fatoumata Dembele Diarra will visit Mali, Benin and Senegal. It is anticipated that she will emphasize the central importance of implementing the Rome Statute into domestic legislation that will enable an international justice system aimed at ending impunity for the worst crimes known to humanity.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that governments around the globe should go on the offensive in the fight against torture.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Secretary Clinton Appoints Farah Pandith to Head New Office of The United States Representative to Muslim Communities Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has asked Farah Pandith to head the new Office of the United States Special Representative to Muslim Communities.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Government Harassment of Mukhtar Mai: Pakistani Women's Rights Champion While the Supreme Court of Pakistan has intervened in the case of Mukhtar Mai, a leading women's rights and education activist who was gang raped by 14 men three years ago, President Zardari is being called upon to ensure that all necessary measures be taken to protect Mukhtar Mai's security for threats of violence and harassment.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War: Delivering on the Promises to Victims Experts from countries worldwide affected by mines and explosive remnants of war met in Oslo, Norway, from June 23 ┬ľ 25 to discuss how to improve the quality of life of victims of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war in there countries.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Milan Martić Transferred to Estonia to Serve Sentence for War Crimes Milan Martić, the former wartime political leader of Croatian Serbs, was transferred today to Estonia to serve his 35-year sentence for crimes committed against Croats and other non-Serbs in Croatia between 1991 to 1994.

Sunday, June 28, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
President Obama Must Address Colombian Human Rights Violations President Barack Obama must place human rights at the top of his agenda when meeting this Monday with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. The meeting provides an opportunity for President Obama to show that human rights issues are important for US allies and adversaries.

Sunday, June 28, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
United Nations Security Council: Evaluation of Decade-Long Progress in the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict The sorrow and brutality of war continues to be felt by untold millions of civilians trapped by conflict or forced into flight. In the last 10 years, protection of civilians in armed conflict had assumed a prominent place on the Council's agenda, as manifested by regular open debates, the Secretary-General's periodic reports and the four thematic Council resolutions on the protection of civilians.

Sunday, June 28, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Somalia Violence Claims the Lives of Hundreds Escalating violence and worsening displacement in the Somali capital, where local hospitals report that over 250 civilians have been killed and nearly 1,000 others wounded since fighting erupted last month in several parts of north-west Mogadishu between Government forces and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam.

Sunday, June 28, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Battle of Solferino and the Genesis of International Humanitarian Law In a world where warfare and civil strife are a daily reality for millions, humanitarian organizations across the globe are gathering in Italy for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Solferino, and honor the memory of Henri Dunant who first codified international standards on the conduct and methods of war.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Let There Be Life Advocates on both sides of the death penalty issue are refocusing their efforts and considering a newly theorized execution protocol known as nitrogen asphyxiation. If implemented, the protocol could be the most humane execution method ever devised, potentially giving hope to some of the estimated 100,000 citizens currently awaiting a life-saving transplant.