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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

Religious Groups Mobilize at People's Climate March

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:19 PM

The countdown for the New York City People's Climate March is on. Taking place on Sunday, September 21, the preceding days will be packed with activities. Planned to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, global leaders and policy makers will be in town. The march...

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Urge Pepsi to Stop Guzzling Tar Sands

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:01 PM


In July of 2013, Moms Clean Air Force joined in an open letter to top North American businesses. The agenda was to strongly "urge" them to stop using fuel derived from tar sands sources. A call for an increase in "the efficiency of...

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A Conversation With Grace Graupe-Pillard

(33) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Photo: Jamaal M. Levine

In a refurbished synagogue in Keyport, New Jersey, Grace Graupe-Pillard works virtually non-stop creating art. The format varies -- paintings, video, drawing, and photography -- yet all are integral to her vision. Perhaps it is...

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The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:38 AM

For those existing in the cultural space, art and life are intrinsically entwined. Director Madeleine Sackler brings that home in her film Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, recently featured as part of the HBO Documentaries series. Sackler takes us to the Eastern European...

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The Military Battles Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:38 AM

While Republicans are mobilizing to push back against President Obama's carbon initiatives, those in military sector are sounding the alarm about climate change--and the slew of issues that it has the potential to precipitate.

In case you missed the report issued in May by the CNA...

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Republican Mayor Jim Brainard Believes in the Science of Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:49 PM


The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) recently met in Dallas to discuss how to move their cities forward in order to meet the challenges before them. Topics included energy related issues, the impact of pollution, and climate change....

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Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958 -1971

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:22 PM

When I first walked into Starting Out: 9 Abstract Painters 1958-1971, I didn't immediately remember that the pristine space on Fifth Avenue was the site of an raucous opening I had attended decades ago for a 40th Anniversary Exhibition -- where Larry Rivers was present. Without the hecticness...

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A Conversation with Freddy Rodríguez

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Photo: Jamaal M. Levine

Every life has events of consequence. Those happenings impact and direct the future flow of consciousness. Sometimes, the ramifications remain beneath the surface. In other circumstances, the thread is easy to recognize. If you are an artist, such as...

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New York City Businesses Do the Right (Green) Thing

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:49 AM

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the challenges facing the environment. However, it's crucial to remember that we can all have an impact as individuals when our actions become collective.

Even in a town as hectic as New York City, I have come in contact with businesses that are making...

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Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Artists are often dismissed as peripheral to society. Yet they continue on their way, attending to the path of their own visions. Often ahead of the curve, politically and culturally, they frequently function as commentators -- viewing society from the outside. In certain instances, they become players in historical events...

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A Mother's Day Interview with Sen. Barbara Boxer A Moms Clean Air Force Exclusive

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:21 AM


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) serves as the Majority Chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). She is the first woman to do so. It is from this vantage point that she has...

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Scott Lentine: A Millennial With Autism

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:53 AM


In October 2013, a young man named Scott Lentine reached out to me to share his poetry, which examines his life with autism. The subject line was, "Possible comments from Marcia on my poems." His writing delved into his deepest feelings expressing...

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A Conversation with Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Many artists concern themselves with the tempo and vagaries of the art world. Others are directed by a singular inner vision and follow that path wherever it leads them. Irene Hardwicke Olivieri is one of those artists.

I first saw her work in a gallery in the East Village...

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Lois Gibbs: 'The Government Wouldn't Help Me, So I Decided to Do It Myself'

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:00 PM


Today, Earth Day, the American Masters series on PBS is presenting A Fierce Green Fire, a documentary that timelines the environmental movement's past five decades. Beginning in the 1960s, the one-hour film is chock-full of backstory that contextualizes where...

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IPCC Report: Impacts, Adapation, Vulnerability

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Since the newest information from the IPCC came out last Monday, I have immersed myself in reading the details of the report. The New York Times captured the essence of the Working Group II findings with the headline: "Panel's Warning on Climate Risk: Worst is to...

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Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:19 AM

How far have women really come? Jennifer Lee's new documentary, Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970, is aiming to reopen a conversation on feminism through a reexamination of the movement's history. Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Lee traces the fight for...

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XL Pipeline: Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman Question Koch Bros

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:30 AM

As a writer on environmental issues, as well as a person concerned about the future of the planet, I am anxiously awaiting the decision on the XL pipeline. I keep questioning if the United States is ready to set an example by eliminating the extraction of fossil fuels as integral...

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The Expressive Edge of Paper

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:13 PM

With the New York weather finally thawing, gallery visits are back on the agenda big time. When I received an invitation to the Anita Shapolsky exhibit, The Expressive Edge of Paper, it struck a chord. Of the 27 artists included in the show, I had some personal connection with a...

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Safe Climate Caucus Pumps up Advocacy and Action

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:57 PM

When I first wrote about the Safe Climate Caucus, they were new on the scene.

Last year, the agenda of the Safe Climate Caucus was to have a member of the House of Representatives speak daily on the impact of climate change. Now, with new members on board,...

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A Conversation With Dudley Charles

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:30 PM


Most artists talk about their personal history with a definitive sense of knowing that they were destined to be an artist.

Not Dudley Charles.

A soft-spoken man with a melodic cadence to his voice, Charles shared with me his story of...

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