Helen's metro columns highlight voices and stories that should be amplified and challenge the status-quo and the dreaded Philly Shrug.

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For these families with special-needs kids, an ordinary rugby game became an extraordinary event | Helen Ubiñas

For parents of children with disabilities, these moments can be hard to come by, laser-focused as they must be on their children’s health and well-being, both now and in that angst-inducing future where they won’t always be around.

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Why I’m grateful for a basketball game between 10th graders and Philly police | Helen Ubiñas

Police and students meet on the court to play for peace.

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Did we need Penn's recent study on gun violence? One of its authors hopes it'll show the problem 'can't be ignored.'

Will studies lead to the support and help survivors of gun violence so desperately need?

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In a play for peace, Parkway student activists go up against police — in basketball | Helen Ubiñas

I’ve watched these students evolve into passionate activists, calling attention to the gun violence in Philadelphia that’s too often reduced to a mere footnote in the national conversation on the epidemic.

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Another child in Philly has been shot, so now what? I called our political leaders to ask | Helen Ubiñas

The city has plans and programs to stem the violence. But what can be done now?

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When people on the front lines of gun violence burn out, who is there to help them? | Helen Ubiñas

I’m increasingly hearing some of our staunchest anti-gun violence advocates concede to fatigue in one manner or another. When the people we count on to fight are exhausted, we often suggest self-care, but that puts the onus on them. What should the rest of us be doing for them?

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You guys were there when I lost my Handsome Prince. Seems only right I share some good news. | Helen Ubiñas

We were crushed when we lost our beloved golden retriever. Taking a road trip to Tennessee helped.

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Two siblings were left to starve in a Fairmount basement. Decades later, the brother who survived refuses to let his sister be forgotten.

“May this peaceful sanctuary create joy out of tragedy, and remind us to care for one another as a community," the sign read.

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Have we surrendered to gun violence? Babies being shot suggests we have. | Helen Ubiñas

If ever there were a place that a child — a baby — should be safe, it’s in the arms of her parent inside her home.