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City starts publishing monkeypox demographic data

The Philly Health Dept. now has a dashboard that shows demographics around the city’s monkeypox outbreak, which just topped 200 cases.

  • The new data confirms fears that while the virus affects more people of color, most vaccines are going to white people. In Philly so far, 55% of cases were diagnosed in Black people — who received 23% of vaccines.

Limited vaccine supply will make it difficult to correct the inequity, Michaela Winberg reports, but organizations are trying.

A bottle of monkeypox vaccine Credit: Richard Vogel / AP Photo

Meet Local 80, new union for Philly coffee shop workers

Get ready for your favorite cafe to get unionized, thanks to a new local connected to Philadelphia’s branch of SEIU affiliate Workers United.

  • Multiple underground campaigns at popular cafes around the city are expected to go public in the coming weeks and months, with Local 80 providing support for the worker-led drives.

Jordan Levy has an inside look at how the national Starbucks unionization movement helped spur coordinated organizing in the Philly coffee shop scene.

A former worker at Korshak Bagels at 10th and Morris streets in South Philadelphia helped create the new local Credit: Emma Lee / WHYY

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Mayor Kenney joins Sen. Casey on North Broad (10:40 a.m.) to celebrate $25 million in federal funding for the “Great Streets PHL” project to make high-crash corridors safer in neighborhoods that have historically been underserved.


? Spend the day cosplaying as waterway explorer the Academy of Natural Science’s new exhibit “Ocean Bound.” Highlights include: piloting a watercraft, fun quizzes, and plenty of interactive games. Tickets range from $21 to $25. ( 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20)

? An ice cream social for adults? Heck yeah. The University City Arts League hosts its annual Ice Cream Bowl, where $15 to $20 can get you a ceramic dish from a local artisan plus unlimited frozen treats. (1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20)? Assembly Rooftop Lounge hosts its first-ever Drag High Tea, complete with cute finger sammies and entertainment from up-and-coming queens Mandy Mango and Valencia Prime. Tix are $55 for 2 hours. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21)