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Marcia G. Yerman
Marcia G. Yerman is based in New York City. Her writing—profiles, interviews, essays, and articles—focus on women’s issues, human rights, the environment, and the arts. They are archived at

Yerman has been published by AlterNet, RH Reality Check, The Women's Media Center, Women News Network, The Raw Story, and The New York Times.

She writes for Moms Clean Air Force, bringing visibility to the issue of clean air and environmental concerns. Her stories focus on the politics and policies.

Yerman was co-founder of cultureID, a platform dedicated to a nexus of culture and activism.

In addition to working with both non-profits and the business sector, Yerman consults on social media for progressive organizations.

Yerman was host and producer of Women In Art, a cable television program about women in the art world. Her background includes her role as both a curator of exhibitions reflecting diversity, and as an artist.

Entries by Marcia G. Yerman

20-Year-Old Destiny Watford Fights Air Pollution, Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 9:42 AM


It's easy to get discouraged by the obstacles looming on the environmental landscape. However, the annual Goldman Environmental Prize recipients remind us of the power of the individual to make a difference. (Tragically, the 2015 winner from Honduras, Berta...

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Equal Means Equal: Why the ERA Must Be Passed

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 2:12 PM

As members of Congress -- as well as one candidate for the presidency -- repeatedly speak about rolling back women's reproductive rights, it's time to take a hard look at the actual status of women in the United States.

Chances are, if the average American woman were stopped on the...

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A Talk With Tom Steyer About "Spotlight California"

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 7:10 PM

It's hard to get the message out about the enormous challenges that are
facing the country when it comes to the environment.

Tom Steyer, founder of NextGenClimate, has hit upon a strategy to get the residents of his state to look at some...

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Kate Nace Day: Human Trafficking Activist

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 4:35 PM


I first met Kate Nace Day when I took part in the 2012 Fighting Trafficking through Film forum, a project produced by the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights. I was there as a panelist and a writer covering the event.

Kate was screening...

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Interview with Jennifer Pozner: Media Critic, Author, Anti-Racist Feminist

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 5:41 PM


It is infuriating to see women portrayed in ways that are offensive, demeaning, or adding to an outdated cultural portrayal. I can't count the number of times I've read an article, seen a movie, experienced a cringe-worthy advertisement, or listened to a pundit...

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Toxic Air in Oregon Attributed to Stained Glass Industry

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 6:53 PM

The current Republican front-runner for president, Donald Trump, has made it clear that the Environmental Protection Agency is in line for serious cuts if he makes it to the White House. Mr. Trump noted this at several debates, reiterating the substance of what he told Chris Wallace in...

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Rep. Barbara Lee Leads on Environmental Justice

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 7:12 PM


While the nation contends with elected officials who continue to insist that climate change is a hoax, there are others who stand as an example to being ahead of the curve understanding the environmental challenges facing the country.

Rep. Barbara J....

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Amy Ferris Takes on Depression in 'Shades of Blue'

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 11:40 AM


Everybody wants to have a personal cheerleader, a person who is in their corner. For innumerable women, that person is Amy Ferris

Known on the Internet for her Marrying George Clooney blog (and book by the same name), Ferris is constantly engaged with...

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Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš: Bringing Latinos to the Environmental Table

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 12:49 PM


In January 2016, The Verde Paper: Latino Perspectives on Conservation Leadership was released by La Madre Tierra and Resource Media. Between 2014 and 2015, over thirty environmental activists in the Latino community were interviewed. The focus was...

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Rep. Carlos Curbelo: Republican Half of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 12:22 PM

Wow! It's finally here! A bipartisan effort from two Florida congressmen who have put together the new Climate Solutions Caucus. I have written previously about the Safe Climate Caucus, but on that roster, there was nary a Republican to be found.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla) and...

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Texas vs. Women's Reproductive Rights

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:53 PM

What happens in Texas may not stay in Texas -- a good reason for women across the United States to be concerned.

The Supreme Court has been asked to review a June 2015 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which upheld a law that...

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'Keep It in the Ground' Keeps Up the Pressure

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 9:56 AM

Image: Courtesy of EcoShift Consulting

A cabal of senators is on track to overturn the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and send a message to the upcoming COP21 Climate Summit that Americans are not on the same page as...

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Changing the Dialogue for Women Vets

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 10:58 AM


According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, on September 30, 2015, the population of women veterans numbered 2,035,213.

The stories of female vets don't always get traction. In recent years, awareness of concerns like Military Sexual Trauma (MST)...

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The Myanmar Election and the Myitsone Dam

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 4:11 PM

The Friday edition of the New York Times featured an article about the Myanmar election on its front page. The narrative of a 2015 Goldman Prize winner, Myint Zaw, could not be timelier.

The historical background of Myanmar, previously called Burma, has...

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Fracking: 'It's Cheaper to Pay a Fine Than Fix a Leak'

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 11:00 PM

While members of the House and Senate, as well as Presidential candidates, dither about whether or not climate change is real, folks on the ground are taking matters into their own hands.

Ordinary people, concerned about the safety of their communities, realize that they have to be part of the...

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The Affair Returns to Showtime

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 2:57 PM

The second season of Showtime's drama The Affair has arrived. Having seen previews of a month of episodes, I plan to keep watching.

Yes, there's plenty of sex. However, the show is far more than just thrusting bodies in motion. Specifically, in a scene that included brief full-frontal...

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"I'm Living in a Sacrifice Zone": Women Speak Out for Climate Justice

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:55 AM


Each year in September, New York City plays host to top changemakers who come to town for the United Nations General Assembly and related gatherings. It's a heady time for setting agendas.

At the Church Center of the United Nations on September...

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Two Awesome Moms Blog About Special Needs Children

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Parenting is a journey and a challenge. At #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, I attended the panel, Storytelling Builds Bridges: I Want You To Know Me; Storytelling about Special Needs Parenting and Disability. It drew a room full of mothers and fathers of "atypical" children. The top takeaway was,...

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New Environmental Justice Tool is Amazing

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 9:31 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the EJ Screening and Mapping tool -- and it is amazing. Five years in the making, Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator said,

"EJSCREEN has been a valuable resource for EPA to advance our commitment to protect Americans...
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Wrath -- Force of Nature at Wave Hill

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 1:30 PM

No matter how desperately certain legislators hold on to their entrenched beliefs that climate change is not happening and that human action has no consequences in the equation, there are plenty who beg to differ. This includes 97 percent of scientists, and military analysts who have...

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