National News Roundup
The percentage of young, full-time workers earning less than the federally defined poverty level more than doubled during the 1980's and early 1990's, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
In 1992, 47 percent of full-time workers ages 18 to 24 made less than $13,091 a year, the report's inflation-adjusted poverty level for a family of four. In 1979, 23 percent of that age group earned less than the poverty level.
Among all ages in 1992, the report says, 18 percent of full-time workers made less than the poverty level, compared with 12 percent in 1979.
Among workers without a high school diploma, 32 percent of the men and 55 percent of the women made less than the poverty level in 1992.
Tuning In to Prevention: A coalition of about 70 national organizations--among them the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors--will sponsor a campaign against youth violence called "Let's Stop Kids Killing Kids,'' set for April 25 to May 1.
The alliance, which includes education, legal, civil-rights, media, and religious groups, has organized a week of violence-prevention activities in cities across the country.
Each day's activities will address one theme, such as the public-health dimensions of violence or how schools can help stop violence.
On April 26 at 8 P.M., Eastern time, the CBS and Fox television networks will air a program titled "Kids Killing Kids,'' hosted by the actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner of "The Cosby Show.''
The program will be broadcast without commercials.
Several education groups, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National School Boards Association, have urged schools to ask students to watch the program at home with their families.
"Everywhere in America youth violence has reached crisis proportions,'' said Mayor Jerry Abramson of Louisville, Ky., a member of the steering committee that organized the campaign. "We have come together to demand that America find a way to stop our kids from killing other kids,'' he said.
Vol. 13, Issue 30