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Here Are Some Hikers Of Color Who Will Inspire You To Travel The World And Explore Nature

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Fact: public lands are public. They’re paid for by our tax dollars and every single one of us deserves to enjoy its beauty. Research shows that being in nature increases creativity and productivity. So often, it’s relegated to those with enough resources to have a car, gas to spare to get out of town and into the mountains, and the gear to stay safe and comfortable. As more and more brown people explore the outdoors, we’re coming up with ways to represent the little victories with hashtags like #LatinosOutdoors #MelaninBasecamp and more.

If you’re thinking about getting outside more often, whether that’s for a casual hike, a multi-day backpacking trip or giving outdoor climbing a shot, we have some brown adventurers to inspire you to just get out there.

Cristina Martinez / @xicananaturenerd

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Cristina is the park ranger we need. Read on…

Caption: “In the past 169 days, I have felt a vast range of emotions. From anxiety and stress to excitement and gratefulness, from sadness and frustration to elation and hope. This experience has sure been one of extremes and where opposites attract.

From dealing with microaggressions regarding my ethnic background and visitors questioning the urgency of climate change to hearing glaciers calve and seeing animals that are in peoples bucket list’s, it sure has been an intense experience in many ways. There have been tears for the northern lights but also tears after visitors’ ignorant comments about “Mexicans.” And through those moments of frustration and anger, I also remember the times I have smiled at seeing bear cubs learn how to swim from their mom and at the visitors who have come up to me and said “I am happy to see a ranger that looks like me.” I know I won’t be able to truly capture what the past 5.5 months have been for me when I tell family and friends back home of my time here. And it is okay if some just don’t understand- it doesn’t devalue how life changing this place has been for me. I will miss being surrounded by glaciers, forests, wildlife, and the friends I have made here. I love you Sít’ Eeti Gheiyí, I hope to see you next summer”

Yani Sanchez / @yaniquadrada

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Yani’s got an aesthetic unlike any other. This super talented photographer will traverse anywhere to capture nature in all its beauty.

Vanessa Vancouver / @vvancour

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She’s Liberian-Mexican and her heart is always full of outdoor adventures con su familia y her fellow outdoor die-hards. She makes a gorgeous ofrenda también.

Manny / @manny_outdoors

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When you’re born and raised in San Diego and move to Seattle, you spend your free time comparing your feet to bear tracks. Wait till you see the camera look up.

Chingona Flores / @mexxxica111

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She’s done it all. She’s hiked Mount Whitney, Six Pack of Peaks, ran the Malibu Olympic Triathalon. Watch this Latina take up space in the alpines, desert peaks, and inspire you in two languages.

Oscar Malo / @malofx

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There is nothing malo about the feed @malofx serves. His outdoor adventures are intermixed with stunning professional photography of ballerinas on the Golden Gate bridge y más.

Karen Ramos / @naturechola

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She’s the founder of the Get Out, Stay Out non-profit that gets indigenous-migrant children outside via camping trips and backpacking adventures. Her feed will inspire the wildest adventurers who care about justice.

EAG / @waitingforgodoy

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Who uses their real name when you have a trail name like “Eag”? @waitingforgodboy is based out of Denver and has all the sights at high heights without your fright.

Sarah Elizabeth Valencia / @sarahsheroams

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Have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain? Try bringing camera equipment. Thankfully, @sarahsheroams did that for you and you can just take it in.

@lizzblissss

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If there’s anyone you’re going to follow, put @lizzblissss in your top three. She’s your numero uno mujer. Prepare to be dazzled by the Montana mountains, the red rocks of Utah, and the glacier lakes of Washington.

Kane Hernandez / @kanehernandez

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Trail Name: “Flamin’ Hot”

Mexicano Kane hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last year, from Mexico hasta Canada and his travel pics are incredible.

Julian Hernandez / @julian__hernandez

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He takes all his photos with an iPhone 6s and he’s here to abolish ICE. And take photos of his happy, happy dog in the snow.

Gaby McKenzie / @gabymckenzie

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Caption: “Being a Belizean American, I grew up seeing many different landscapes, all of them beautiful to me. When I spent my summers in Belize, I would experience jungle terrain and breathtaking waterfalls, as well as relaxing tropical islands and crystal waters. Now that I am older, I am starting to inquire and appreciate the American outdoors that were once unfamiliar to me.”

Gabriela & Marcela / @broketexans

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They’re “dos amigas sin dinero trying to travel the US & the world one trip at a time” and they’re the most relatable.

Caption: “Time to sit down and enjoy the view! I’m probably also telling Marcy how much my legs hurt.”

Amanda Jameson / @browngirlonthenst

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Trail Name: “Zuul”

She’s thru-hiked the PCT and the CT and is counting the miles. Note: she’s at 3300 miles hikes to date.

@biancam_j

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Bianca will show you the wonders of Belize. Caption: “Dare to try something new like cave tubing. Cave tubing in Belize 🇧🇿, we hiked for about 30 minutes to reach the river and then floated on tubes on the river for about 7 miles underground through dark limestone caves with headlamps.”

Brittany Leavitt / @bleavitt8

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She’s an @OutdoorAfro leader, REI instructor, and outdoor climber. Watch this *super* inspiring melanin beauty literally climb mountains and get out there yourself.

Gabriela Lopez / @gabriela_llopez

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She’s as big in the vegan LA Instagram world as she is for POC on the trail. Her captions will make you want to travel your inner world as much as the Great Outdoors.

@judiezabaneh

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Watch her hike Devil’s ridge in Sedona, crow pose on rocks overlooking roaring rivers in Belize. She’s got the wanderlust and we get to bear witness a todo.

@atlas_wayfarer

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If you want to see stunning photos of couples on glaciers and in the northern lights, follow @atlas_wayfarer.

Caption: “When I backpacked 250 miles along the final stretches of the Continental Divide Trail gave me a whole new perspective on life, being attuned to Mother Nature.”

Follow accounts like @takingupspaceoutdoors

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The account’s self described mission is this: “The goal is to inspire equity, inclusion, representation and diversity in all outdoor activities! The outdoors belong to ALL! ”


READ: 11 Music Festivals In Latin America You Need To Go To At Least Once

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Trump’s Children Were Called Anchor Babies By George Lopez And A Lot Of People Got Very Upset

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Trump’s Children Were Called Anchor Babies By George Lopez And A Lot Of People Got Very Upset

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The term “anchor baby” is an offensive term that President Donald Trump used before his political career. The phrase refers to the children of undocumented people U.S. By law, that makes them U.S. citizens. The term, however, is Trump’s way of demonizing the offspring of immigrants. Calling anyone an anchor baby is a moot point because everyone in the United States comes from immigrants except Native Americans, and some Mexicans whose ancestors were born on U.S. soil when the land still belonged to Mexico. But all of this is to say, the majority of U.S. citizens come from immigrants. Never the less, the term was brought up recently due to the impending ICE raids.

After Trump threatened undocumented people in the U.S. with ICE raids last week, comedian George Lopez told them to detain Trump’s “anchor” babies.

“Uh, @icegov ‘if your listening’ you can find these immigrants at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – Signed Enrique Empanada the third 😭😭 #vivalaraza #45melapela.”

The post included mariachi music and the Trump family with photoshopped sombreros.

Lopez’s use of “anchor baby” is using Trump’s words against him by suggesting that his ex-wife and current wife, both immigrants, had children in the U.S. making them citizens, which is a birthright.

Lopez is a loud opponent of Trump and his administration since before the election. It began after the then-candidate referred to Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals.”

During his 2017 comedy special, Lopez said if he ever ran into Trump, he would sexually assault him since he said that is what Mexicans do. Lopez also pretended to urinate on Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a plastic water bottle.

So did people like the joke? Hmmm…yes and no.

The joke can be taken different ways depending how you look at it. For some people, it is great to see these words weaponized against the man who is harming the community.

He’s only saying what Trump has been saying for years.

Trump and Lopez have the same logic, which makes the joke very funny. They think that using insults is the way to debate these kinds of issues. Clearly, the Instagram post is catching people’s attention.

Did he go too far?

People didn’t like that he used a picture of the youngest Trump. However, to be fair, Trump has no issue with infants being taken from parents at the southern border and left in detention centers. Those in the detention centers have ended up getting pretty sick lately.

Lopez gained new fans from the joke.

They say some humor is supposed to be offensive. Not to mention that political comedy can get really offensive since people don’t like being challenged.

Oh, come on now. Why are you crying?

Did you think the joke was funny or do you think that Lopez went a step too far.

READ: People Are Dragging George Lopez Because He Says He Is Going To Quit Golf Until A Clean DREAM Act Is Passed

Environmentalists Are Outraged At The US’s Latest Plans To Use The Galapagos Island As An Airstrip

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Environmentalists Are Outraged At The US’s Latest Plans To Use The Galapagos Island As An Airstrip

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Ecuador is receiving heavy criticism for giving the U.S. military permission to use a Galapagos island as an airfield. The proposed plan by Ecuador to allow the U.S. to use an airstrip on the Galapagos island of San Cristobal has drawn anger from local politicians and activists that say more harm than good will be done. The historic islands in Ecuador are one of the most biodiverse regions on the globe and are home to a number of species found nowhere else on the planet.

Ecuador and the U.S. plan on using the island as a way to stop drug trafficking flights.

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Under the deal with Ecuador, the Pentagon will use the tiny airport on the San Cristobal island to “fight drug trafficking”, defense minister Oswaldo Jarrin told Latin American TV network Telesur.

Jarrín announced Ecuador President Lenín Moreno’s administration’s decision to expand an existing airfield on the San Cristobal Island for U.S. spy planes targeting drug traffickers on June 12. The aircrafts that would be used include a Boeing 777 and a Lockheed P-3 Orion.

According to the Los Angeles Times, multiple Latin American nations like Colombia, Peru, and Panama don’t allow the basing of U.S. anti-drug overflights controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Ecuador’s constitution, which was adopted in 2008, prohibits the installation of foreign military bases in the country.

Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa tweeted “Galápagos is NOT an ‘aircraft carrier’ for gringo use. It is an Ecuadorian province, world heritage site, homeland.”

Following mass criticism, Jarrin said that the Galapagos Islands would not become home to a U.S. military base or any kind of permanent post. “A base means permanence, there will be no permanence,” Jarrín said.

He added that flight crews would stay a week at most on the island and activities would be monitored by Ecuadorian authorities. The Pentagon would also have to pay for any needed “readjustments” to the airfield, which some fear could lead to environmental harm.

Critics of the proposed plan say the move could threaten the fragile environment of the island.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most famous areas known for its unique array of wildlife and natural plants. Famed for its rich biodiversity, which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.

Many fear that construction or possible use of the island for military purposes will harm wildlife and other organisms there. The increasing number of tourists have already caused some concerns. The number of tourists visiting the islands rose from 161,000 in 2007 to over 225,000 in 2016, the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association said.

At this time, it’s unclear if Ecuador will proceed with its plans with the U.S. as many have criticized the proposed plans. The Pentagon has yet to comment or confirm any such agreement with Ecuador.

READ: New Research Shows Most Undocumented Immigrants Aren’t Coming From Mexico But Instead Central America

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