Temple will increase its police force following recent shootings near campus, but some worry about overpolicing

After two shooting deaths near the Temple University campus in the last three weeks, a group of students, parents, and community members rallied on Monday to call on the city to beef up security at the school. But at a forum hours later, some students questioned whether overpolicing would damage Temple’s relationship with the surrounding neighborhoods. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)


Why we need the National End Diaper Need bill to pass

There are currently no state or federal government benefits mitigating diaper need, and diapers are tax exempt in only eight states. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is the only cash assistance program that allows families to buy diapers, however, only 23 percent of families living in poverty receive TANF funding. | From: The Philadelphia Citizen (Read more.)


Women gig workers surged in Philly area during COVID-19

Women are more likely than men to stay home when their kids’ school or day care closes, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. It also found women left their jobs in droves because of pandemic safety concerns. On the whole, women’s workforce participation is the lowest it’s been in 33 years, according to the National Women’s Law Center. | From: WHYY (Read more.)


With COVID surge in Philly, educators call for temporary return to remote learning or stricter health protocols

Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, eight schools in the Philadelphia school district have closed temporarily because of positive cases. The closures come amid an outcry over the recent death of an unvaccinated student at Olney Charter High School and data showing only about 21% of eligible children in Philadelphia have received the vaccine. | From: Chalkbeat Philadelphia (Read more.)