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MBP Gale Brewer Celebrating UWS Resiliency

Season 4, Ep. 100

BCR100-PART 1: This three-part BCR episode celebrated its 100th episode on a Manhattan street. West End Avenue was closed to traffic and so BCR took to the street to celebrate the resiliency of our UWS Neighbors as we face-down a most deadly pandemic. 

  • PART ONE: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer talked about her attempts to guide the mayor and governor to make the wisest decisions for our amazing urban population. Did you know that over a period of time Gale and her husband, Cal Snyder, had 35 foster children?
  • PART TWO: A blast from the past. Former City Council Member, now head of the Freelancers Union Rafael Espinal dropped by, shared a beer, and we caught up with his recent activities as head of the Freelancers Union and looked back on his accomplishments in city government.
  • PART THREE: We talked with two young women running for the NY City Council in 2021 -- Johanna Garcia for District 10 in Upper Manhattan -- and -- Sara Lind for District #6 -- the Upper West Side.

Also -- with us were our Upper West Side neighbors on the "BCR Kvetch Mic." 

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Douglas Hostetter: TET - CIA assassination attempt - Ending war

Season 7, Ep. 173
Douglas Hostetter – Mennonite and Conscientious Objector -- served in the middle of a hot zone during the VietNam War supporting the people who lived there. His is an amazing story.Rebecca McKean and I spoke with Mr Hostetter at Gebhard’s Beer Culture Bar in Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Juneteenth and Father’s day, 2022.We will post our conversation with Douglas in two parts. In the second part of our conversation, Douglas Hostetter describes his daily activities in and around the Tam Ky battle zone during the Viet Nam War – his interaction with the American Marines and a very different relationship with U.S. officers who saw his positive work with the local population – as sapping GI morale. This led to a decision he had to make when he learned that the CIA was putting out rumors that could lead to his assassination.He describes surviving the violence of the 2 -week TET offensive of 1968 – and the human devastation that he witnessed afterwards. Douglass Hostetter’s Viet Nam experiences established his life path working for peace throughout the world -- in Nicaragua during the Contra War – in Iraq with hisattempts to prevent the First Gulf War by trading a plane-full of medicine with the Iraqis for American and UN hostages --and his work to save Bosnian students from genocide in the 1990s.In a world rife with intense violence -- this story of a man of non-violence should be heard.Alan Winson