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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Coronavirus acts of kindness: Are you committing them? Have you witnessed any?

Whether terror or tragedy, acts of nature or man, disasters have proven over and over to bring out the best in us.

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Why the response to coronavirus looks much different than another Philadelphia ‘epidemic’ — gun violence | Helen Ubi?as

“If coronavirus was just in North Philly and Kensington, there’d be plenty of toilet paper left,” said one mother of a murder victim.

Opinion

We sure love that diversity — as long as white dudes stay in power | Helen Ubi?as

Any of us who have been part of the endless conversations and committees on diversity already know that people like the theory of diversity and inclusion much more than its reality.

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While President Trump spins fairy tales about coronavirus prep, a princess saves my day | Helen Ubi?as

There I was, at CVS, at Rite-Aid, at Five Below, and then back at another CVS, each empty shelf where the hand sanitizer should be filling me with more dread.

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?Puede la escritura ayudar a detener la discriminación? En Filadelfia, este autor cree que sí. | Helen Ubi?as

Un escritor local ayuda inmigrantes para que puedan contar sus propias historias.

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Former Philadelphia city councilmember’s ‘Nobody’s Business But Mine’ attitude sums up today’s politics | Helen Ubi?as

Public officials do a much better job at helping themselves than serving the public who elected them.

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I went to another City Hall hearing about gun violence expecting the same old. I was wrong. | Helen Ubi?as

Victims of gun violence ask: "How long do we have to wait for help?"

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Can writing help stop discrimination? An immigrant Philly author believes it can. | Helen Ubi?as

A local author helps immigrants tell their own stories.

Opinion

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

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