One guest, from Sweden, was extremely interested in the Occupy movement. In Sweden, they have many of the rights Occupiers are asking for. As he represents oil and mining interests, he is also interested in corporate social responsibility. His group sponsors many locally based projects including Commercial Integrated Farming Initiatives addressing hunger and poverty by teaching women to make an income with organic farming for commercial production in Somalia. “We want them to have their own sense of ownership and contribution to the world economy. We used to blanketly donate money, but we realized that it’s much more effective to be involved in grassroots efforts to empower residents long term.”
Those wanting to participate in their own political conversation exchanges over jazz and $4.50 cocktails can do so any week in Harlem!