CHICAGO (CBS) — A Bronzeville-based group says City Hall should set its sights on putting more black men to work–instead of hosting an international meeting like NATO.

“I have faith that things are going to turn out in the end, but right now it’s a struggle for a black man who’s trying to live life right,” said Richard Taylor, 23.

He graduated college last year, got a job–and then lost it.

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Now he’s volunteering for the Black Star Project, speaking to young people about the importance of staying in school.

He says he did everything right and can’t get a job himself.

“That hurts. That hurts,” Taylor said.

“We go out here daily. And these are our struggles. And nobody understands that. And we’re not the brothers killing each other on the street. At times I feel like my degree was pointless.”

The Black Star Project says 52 percent of black men in Chicago are not working.

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