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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

Changing the Dialogue for Women Vets

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:58 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 | 5:11 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 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

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 | 3:57 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 | 11:55 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 | 3:50 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 | 10:31 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 | 2:30 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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Martin O'Malley: Where Is He on the Environment?

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:04 PM


With the threat of climate change and a host of other environmental challenges looming like a dark cloud, the 2016 election will be a time to hold candidates accountable on where they stand on these concerns -- and what they promise to deliver.

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Aviation's Poisoned Air: Aerotoxic Syndrome

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 9:28 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 | 6:36 PM


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 | 2:57 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.


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 | 2:37 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 | 1:49 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 | 7:42 PM


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 | 11:47 PM


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 | 2:09 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 | 10:35 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 | 3:41 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 | 6:49 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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