Helen Ubiñas is an award-winning metro columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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In the absence of a group for paralyzed gunshot survivors, they started their own | Helen Ubiñas

“I ain’t got no friends,” one man confided. “You have new friends here,” assured another survivor.

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Gunshot victim’s mom knew her grandson would one day ask: ‘Where’s my Daddy?’ So she wrote a book for him and other grieving children | Helen Ubiñas

Kimberly Kamara was haunted by a question she knew her grandson would one day ask after his father, her youngest child, was gunned down in 2017. Her children's book, "Where's My Daddy?" helps answer the question for him and other grieving children.

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Beautifying city pools can start with a simple ‘why-not?' attitude

There are 70 outdoor pools in Philadelphia, 70 opportunities this summer to build community in the city.

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‘At this point, all we can do is pray.’ A mother of a homicide victim on an emergency gun-violence meeting | Helen Ubiñas

This is a state of emergency, and yet top law enforcement leaders were gathered for an “emergency” public meeting on gun violence that clocked in at over three hours with very little to show for it.

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When Trump’s cruel immigration policies come for our families and friends, we can’t afford to be allies in theory | Helen Ubiñas

A lot has been said about how the unthinkable has become routine, how every day the unacceptable becomes acceptable. Do not accept any of it.

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Paralyzed gunshot survivors move closer to getting the support they need

Who knows what will come from the meeting next month? Maybe the survivors will continue to meet in person, maybe they’ll find it easier to connect online. Whatever they decide, this should be a group by them and for them.

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The Summer of the @NotesFromHel Poolside Pop-Up Newsrooms begins | Helen Ubiñas

Pools are one of those community touchstones that can tell us a lot about a neighborhood and a city.

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A paralyzed gunshot survivor wants to connect with other gunshot survivors. So we’re going to help him.

Since 2015, over 4,000 people have survived shootings in Philadelphia but there are few services for them.

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A Delco man spent $25,000 to commission a Trump robot for the London protest

The animatronic Trump is a star attraction during the protests, joining a diapered Trump blimp and a series of demeaning projections on London landmarks.

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What it took for one mother to Fill the Steps | Helen Ubiñas

For fourth year in a row, Philadelphians did Fill The Steps Against Gun Violence.