Poverty in America
Being Homeless In
Miami Could Soon
Be A Crime
Exposed Prison Big
Unions and CA
in the Age of
TAKING CONTROL…IT'S TIME…
Primary Group was created as a research and information 501c (3) nonprofit corporation in 2006. Over the last 7 years our research has explored the root cause of the mass destruction being experienced in urban and rural communities across this country.
Our primary mission is to educate and inform the public of the underlying cause of the current social and economic state of these at risk communities.
Mass incarceration of low level nonviolent drug users and tens of millions trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and recidivism continue as a direct result of this war.
The social and economic ripple effect is caused by many factors related to “The War on Drugs”.
This 40 year old war has costs upwards of 1 trillion taxpayer dollars and has consistently created genocidal conditions in at risk communities across this country.
Finding A Way Out
In 2013, 6.5% of all Americans have a felony conviction. According to the Center For American Progress, there are 46.2 million Americans living in poverty as of 2010.
"To even begin to make an attempt at correcting this problem, it's important that we grow the country's number of low-skill jobs, so that those currently living in poverty can begin to find a way out. . ."
Educating The Public
To effectively attack this national social and economic tragedy, one must fully understand the root cause of how this crisis was created and why.
Educating the public about the magnitude of negative consequences that continue to decimate urban and rural communities is why we exist.
Strength of Community
The first step is to create a community based infrastructure of support in urban and rural communities across the country. By partnering with private enterprise to help create jobs and social enterprise as a mass support level, pathways of opportunity can be provided that utilize the strength of the community and the power of business.
Primary Group Inc. continues to research and develop innovative solution based projects to insure that services to individuals and their families consistently address issues pertinent and germane to their success. Our (4) main areas of focus are:
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has chronicled in devastating detail how poverty creates prisoners and prisons in turn fuel poverty.
Not just for individuals, but for entire demographic groups.
Black unemployment in East St. Louis:
As a proud and participating member of the 3 D Economic Development Consortium, Primary Group strives to educate the community at large of the importance of their Participatory Value and individual responsibility within their community.
Engaging the community to move toward self- reliance is one of our primary directives. Primary Group understands and embraces the tenets of long term sustainability and effective community participation.
Now positioned to move into direct services, the organization has been collaborating with both nonprofit and for-profit companies to help design a sustainable community based blueprint to address the devastating effects of poverty and mass incarceration in America and around the world.
Providing opportunities for training and employment is essential to the successful reintegration
of formerly incarcerated individuals. As many as 60% of formerly incarcerated individuals are
still unemployed one year after release. Economic Development programs that offer
training and employment for both skilled and unskilled labor jobs with potential for
growth and advancement are needed.
Recommendations by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association states,
that no more than 400 misdemeanor cases a year, 150 felony or 200 juvenile cases be opened
per year per public defender. Most are operating at 2-3 times that limit.
Public defenders are so overwhelmed with their growing caseloads, in many cases a defendant
may get 15 minutes...
Without proper supportive human service including counseling, mentoring and life skills training, individuals recently released are at a greater risk for involvement in negative behaviors including child abuse, family violence, the spread of infectious diseases, homelessness and community disorganization (U.S. Justice Department Study)...
Thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals are released into the community each year.
A lack of adequate housing directly contributes to homelessness, unemployment and a host of other problems.
The question of where they will live has lasting consequences for communities and society...