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The Maya Gold Foundation was created in response to the tragic death of 15-year old Maya Gold, a New Paltz High School student who took her own life in October of 2015. Maya’s parents, Elise Gold and Mathew Swerdloff, launched the organization with help from community members and friends, in response to the social pressures and concerns her death brought to light.

In addition to being a loving daughter, sister, and friend, Maya was a social activist, an inspired student, and creatively engaged with the world. She loved to travel and dreamed of working in Nepal. In Maya’s honor, the Foundation will collaborate with communities in and around New Paltz and in Nepal.

Natalie Merchant and Friends will play a benefit concert for the Maya Gold Foundation on Saturday, October 22 at 7 PM at Studley Hall, SUNY New Paltz.

Elise Gold and Mathew Swerdloff join us now to tell us more about their work and The Maya Gold Foundation. 

NY Fracking Ban Decision Elicits Different Reactions

Dec 18, 2014

It will probably go down as the biggest decision of the year in New York State – a ban on fracking. Wednesday’s news came the same day casino license recommendations were announced. Supporters of a fracking ban are celebrating the long-awaited decision while opponents say they are disappointed and the Southern Tier, where fracking would have taken place, is doomed.

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  Singer, songwriter, activist, and author Natalie Merchant, is back on tour with a new album. Nonesuch Records has released her sixth solo album - a self-titled, self-produced collection of 10 new and original songs.

She'll be performing tomorrow night (July 3rd) at 8pm at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston, NY, on Saturday, July 5th at 8pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA, and on Sunday, July 6th at 8pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT.

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ALBANY – More than 1,000 protesters gathered at the State Capitol to send the message to Governor Cuomo that New Yorkers don’t want fracking. The action included 130 co-sponsor organizations from medical associations to farmers to the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.

Protesters came on 30 buses, in car pools, rode bikes and walked. They were joined by former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Actor Debra Winger, and musician Natalie Merchant.

Hinchey called upon the government to do what he said is the right thing.

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In New York today, in Kingston, a new anti-fracking group announced its formation. A number of environmentalists and elected officials are on board with the initiative that stems from the Hudson Valley.

Musician Natalie Merchant, director Jon Bowermaster, and WAMC’s Alan Chartock will host a screening of the concert documentary Dear Governor Cuomo, about a key anti-fracking concert and rally held this past spring in Albany, tonight at 7:30 at The Linda. Chartock spoke with Bowermaster about the film and its impact.

Natalie Merchant

Dec 5, 2012

Leave Your Sleep is a collection of classic children's poetry, adapted to music by Natalie Merchant, which opens the door to a wondrous world filled with witches and fearless girls, blind men and elephants, giants and sailors and dancing bears.