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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Trump insisted no troops were seriously injured in Iraq, but a Philly vet’s final words show the true cost of war | Helen Ubiñas

Every day, about 20 veterans, active-duty service members and members of the National Guard and Reserve, die by their own hands.

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Philly doesn’t have enough black teachers. This family produced four. | Helen Ubiñas

Education in the Flemming household, led by mom Jackie, an accountant, and dad Stephen, who does maintenance, was always more expectation than goal.

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Teen gun violence prevention advocate left Trump’s State of the Union address unimpressed | Helen Ubiñas

A teenage gun violence prevention advocate went to Washington hoping the nation's top lawmakers are doing what needs to be done to make Philadelphia safer. She's not so sure.

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The real dirt on ‘American Dirt’: People who claim they want to give ‘voice to the voiceless’ really don’t | Helen Ubiñas

The backlash is a long-overdue reckoning for access and opportunity and respect.

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She was shot in the face but didn’t die: ‘I felt like my whole face exploded’ | Helen Ubiñas

A woman whose face was shattered by a bullet now attempts to put her shattered life back together.

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At Saturday’s Women’s March, it may feel like an uphill battle, but three teen speakers only see possibility | Helen Ubiñas

Three Parkway Center City Middle College students will talk about how gun violence has impacted their lives.

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The bullet bracelets that caught Nancy Pelosi's eye are coming to Philadelphia | Helen Ubiñas

Mothers whose children were murdered hope they can save lives one donated bullet at a time.

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Mayor Kenney’s second-term agenda may just bring out the ‘Woo Girl’ in me | Helen Ubiñas

Mayor Kenney's second-term agenda might not seem as ambitious as his first, but if he manages to clean up our streets of litter and gun violence, I'm all in.