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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.
* 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.
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.
Pro Bono Honor Roll, American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, American Jurisprudence Award in Conflicts of Law, Best Professor of the Year.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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)
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
"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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.