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Marcia G. Yerman
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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 mgyerman.com.

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

Aviation's Poisoned Air: Aerotoxic Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 8:28 PM

I have never been a great airplane passenger. I prefer to be on the ground. Now that I have learned about Aerotoxic Syndrome, a heath issue not in the public domain, I have a new concern.

In a pattern strongly reminiscent of how "Big Tobacco" and "Big Oil"...

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Campus SaVE Act Responds to College Campus Sexual Violence

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 5:36 PM

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Students starting college this coming fall (as well as those returning) will be the first to benefit from the Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), which will require colleges to have "prevention and awareness" programs about sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and...

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Interview With Jill Stein - Green Party Candidate for President

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:57 PM

As the noise from the rhetoric of an ever-growing field of presidential candidates reaches an ear-splitting din, there is an announced candidate outside the two-party system that deserves to be heard.

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Dr. Jill Stein, under the banner of the Green Party...

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Shifting Sands: New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 1:37 AM

In the middle of June, at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at East 161st Street and Third Avenue, a large gathering of people came together to hear panelists parse the "New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene."

The event was organized by the Hostos Center for Bronx Nonprofits (

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Explore, Learn and Rethink Nature This Summer Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 12:49 PM

Summer break looms just weeks away and many parents are wondering about vacation ideas for the kids. What better way to share time as a family than to pick activities that are not only fun, but that also reinforce the importance of an appreciation for all things that are part...

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American Petroleum Institute Ads Target Smog Rules

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:42 PM

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In a move that seems ripe for a John Oliver comedy segment, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has taken to radio, print, television, and social media to blanket Americans with the concept that our air...

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"Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life"

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:47 PM

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One might think that as the subject of innumerable books, a Hollywood movie, and status as a feminist and artistic icon, there wouldn't be anything more to add to the conversation on Frida Kahlo. However, the recently opened exhibit at the New York...

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2016 Presidential Election: The Candidates on Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Although the country is over a year and half away from the 2016 presidential election, candidates are stepping up to throw their hats into the ring.

Voters may be exhausted by the time November '16 rolls around, but the upside is that it will give them plenty of time to...

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Air Pollution Is Making Me Anxious

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 9:35 PM

A new study has come to my attention. It proposes that air pollution may impact mental health. The BMJ published a paper that examined whether "higher past exposure to particulate air pollution is associated with prevalent high symptoms of anxiety."

Melinda C. Power, based at John Hopkins University,...

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Fracking New York: It's Not Over 'Till It's Over

(14) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 2:41 PM

When Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to ban fracking in New York State in December 2014, New Yorkers thought their worries were over.

They were wrong.

It was a great start, but too many people don't realize that the state is riddled with infrastructure that supports the fracking industry...

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Ellen Weider: Drypoints in a Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:49 PM

The impact of an increasingly digitalized world has affected all areas of our lives, including the arts. As many creatives embrace new technology to enhance or supersede mediums that are centuries old, others continue to find inspiration in the tactility of pencil on paper, oil on canvas -- or in...

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A Conversation With Amaranth Ehrenhalt

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 10:15 PM

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In what was previously a school building on 108th Street in East Harlem, I entered into the universe of artist Amaranth Ehrenhalt. I first saw her work in an exhibition at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York....

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New Congress Targets Climate With 'Fifty Days of Nay'

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:52 PM

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While the public is coming off the Oscars, and a fascination with the new movie Fifty Shades of Grey, I have been focusing on a different story. It's called Fifty Days of Nay. It's the sad narrative of the first weeks...

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Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 2:19 PM

One of America's foremost photographers, Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), has too often been viewed through the narrow prism of her best-known work. The groundbreaking photos that she took during the Great Depression of breadlines, and the despair she recorded of those forced to migrate in response to...

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Birds Tell an Urgent Climate Change Message

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 10:23 AM

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"The canary in the coal mine." That phrase has become part of the lexicon as a warning for danger.

Now birds are cautioning humans about the imminent threat of climate change -- and the news is not good. This from a

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The Work of Artists Is Not Play

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 5:30 AM

When the public reads stories in the media about visual artists, it is all too often about art stars that are selling their works for six-figure sums or an item detailing glamorous parties on the art fair circuit.

A shot of reality is being offered at the CUE...

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Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at El Museo del Barrio

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:20 PM

Integrated into the exhibit Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper at El Museo del Barrio, are numerous wall-text quotes. Resonating deeply are the artist's words from 1989:

"I've always wanted to be free in my life and art. It's as important to me as truth."

While others in the art...

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2015 Climate Change Forecast

(17) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 9:36 PM

It's mid-December and I should be looking forward to the holidays and a brand new year filled with promise.

But I'm worried. It may not seem sensible, but I've actually been having trouble falling asleep at night -- thinking about what is going to happen to the environment when the...

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Local Activism Pays Off

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:59 PM

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The exciting news just announced that Governor Cuomo will ban fracking in New York State is proof positive that galvanizing the public about the health dangers inherent in the fracking process can move the needle and influence public leaders.

The squeaky...

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Egon Schiele: Portraits at Neue Galerie

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:28 PM

In 1963, Dr. Alessandra Comini saw a small exhibit of Austrian Expressionists. It was her first time viewing the work of Egon Schiele. She described it as "an apocalypse that changed my life." It put Comini on a path to becoming one of the foremost scholars...

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