To kick off what we hope will be a year-long series to highlight the work our many fine writers contribute to the LA Progressive, we’d like to give you a fuller view of Georgianne Nienaber’s life and work.
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Georgianne Nienaber: The swamp is deep in Haiti and began filling over 200 years ago under French occupation. Now the fetid waters of exploitation and corruption are spilling over into the drug culture on U.S. shores.
Georgianne Nienaber: One of the important things is to get the truth out in mainstream America. The vets said they would like to gather all the videos from everybody and get the story out.
Georgianne Nienaber: In a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, Congresswoman Gabbard is joining thousands of veterans from across the United States who have come to Standing Rock and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Georgianne Nienaber: The officials of North Dakota have decided that the people of the Sioux Nation who stand against the DAPL are beneath them. In the early days of this historical event I overheard one man say, “they do not think we are human.”
Georgianne Nienaber: So far prayer and peaceful protest have guided the Tribe and over 5,000 supporters camped at the junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers through this complicated legal process.
Georgianne Nienaber: It is said that the spirits have told the People that they will win this fight against the pipeline if they maintain a stance of prayer and peaceful resistance.
Georgianne Nienaber: The People are in this for the long haul and last week offered them a mixed court ruling, an unexpected show of support from the Methodist Church, a Nursing Union’s strong stand against the AFL-CIO, and ominous requests from the State of North Dakota.
Georgianne Nienaber: The stakes could not be bigger for both sides, but with oil behemoths banding together, the fight will be even more difficult for the Sioux Nation.
Georgianne Nienaber: I am offering these photos to show what life is like in the Sacred Stones and Red Warrior camps, where anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 peaceful protestors have gathered.
Georgianne Nienaber: During my visits to Standing Rock over the last two weeks, I have witnessed too many tears and much anxiety. I was told many times by elders and young people alike that perhaps the events of Bloody Saturday were the Creator’s design.
Georgianne Nienaber: In the space of two years, Standing Rock has gone from the promise of Presidential empathy to faded pictures of an Indian child used as a Presidential prop pasted to cardboard that threatened to rip in the stiff headwinds.
Georgianne Nienaber: Being raised in the old school of journalism, it has been difficult to find a comfortable niche to explore issues that cycle in and quickly out of the 24-hour news stream. Dick and Sharon’s LA Progressive offers that comfort zone for me, a writer who does not have to write for a living, but who lives to write.