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Surfing Is Not Legal In Cuba Because The Government Is Afraid Of This

Over the years, Cuba’s government hasn’t been the kindest to its surfers, or surfing.

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The sport isn’t technically legal in Cuba, it’s heavily frowned upon, and there are only around 100 surfers in the country.

If Cuba considered surfing a sport, the government would provide funds to its athletes.

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Instead, the government classifies surfing as a recreational activity rather than a sport, meaning Cuban surfers are often forced to make their own surfboards. Cuban designers usually have to craft a board out miscellaneous materials, like foam from old refrigerators or salvaged fiberglass.

However, Cuba’s government is wary of surfers because they believe they could be trying to flee the country.

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As the New York Times reported, Cuba’s government has always been suspicious of surfers because people normally defect from the country via the waters. Cuban surfer Eduardo Valdes told the New York Times that the country’s earliest surfers, from Baracoa, were arrested for attempting to leave the country.

And the government believes surfing is too closely associated with U.S. culture.

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Cuban surfer Arnan Perez Lantigua told Surfer how Cuba associates it with the U.S., saying,

“They also consider it an American sport, which is a problem for the government because they see RVCA and Quiksilver and all the companies as private American companies, which they don’t want to support. So that also makes it pretty much impossible to be sponsored by an American company.”

But the country’s surfers want to represent Cuba in the 2020 olympics, so they’re fighting these stigmas.

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Thanks to the current political and social evolution in Cuba, surfers are attempting to change the government and the people’s perception of the sport. They’ve established a petition, which people can sign here, and they’re working to legitimize the sport by making the public aware of what surfing is.

And a documentary is capturing this pivotal time in Cuba’s surfing culture.

Legitimize surfing in Cuba – #surflibre

Right now, surfing is not a recognized sport in Cuba. Please sign and share the petition at www.surflibre.org to give Cuba's surfers the opportunity to pursue their passion and join the world for the 2020 Olympic Games. How? What? Why?A remnant from the cold war, and embargo by the United States, this legal grey zone has blocked surfers on the island from competing both in and outside their country. Dreaming of connecting with the world and protecting their oceans, this island community hopes that having the world at their backs will finally tip the scales in their favor. More on the story can be found at www.havanalibrefilm.com – where Makewild has been creating a documentary film on Cuba's underground surfing transformation during the country's monumental moment of change in 2016.

Posted by Makewild on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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Despite being unnamed as of today, the documentary is currently scheduled for a 2018 release. Tons of great information is available on their website, which you can check out here.

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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