Ceferino Martirez

Youth Reporter for Voicewaves

Avatar Known to his friends as “Kingfish," Ceferino immigrated to the United States in 2014 from the Philippines, part Spanish and part Malayan. Ceferino still dealt with the constant issues of poverty in Long Beach, living through the harsh realities of what he considers to be "two very distinct socio-economical societies." He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America Long Beach and the West Side Representatives for the Long Beach Youth Committee. He is an advocate for worker-owned cooperatives, trade unionization and an advocate for a Federalization for working class Hispanics

Posts by Ceferino Martirez:

A man stands in front of a store while wearing a brown hat on his head, a black t-shirt, and a blue long sleeve shirt.

A neglected crisis: A look at homelessness in Long Beach — Commentary

Dec. 2, 2020 / By

In the first story from a series on being unhoused during the pandemic, Youth Reporter Ceferino Martirez brings attention to how this crisis is being neglected.

Compound x VoiceWaves panel: Youth on feeling safe in their own communities

Nov. 30, 2020 / By , , and
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In this clip from our panel at Compound in Long Beach, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters discuss why they do or do not feel safe hanging out in their communities.

Compound x VoiceWaves panel: Youth Reporters on becoming more aware of local social issues

Nov. 30, 2020 / By , , and
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In our panel hosted at Compound in Long Beach, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters speak on how they began to become more aware of issues and disparities in Long Beach.

Compound x VoiceWaves clip: How environments have shaped youth growing up in Long Beach

Nov. 30, 2020 / By , , and
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In this clip from our panel hosted at Compound, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters discuss how their environments have shaped how they grown up in Long Beach.
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Election continues to inspire rallies in Long Beach

Nov. 10, 2020 / By
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Long Beach residents and community organizations gathered again after the election results were more clear, continuing to call for more activism.

Long Beach organizers rally in response to election results, call for more action

Nov. 6, 2020 / By
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The organizers expressed dissatisfaction with the results of certain propositions and said their communities deserve better.
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Long Beach youth and officials discuss importance of youth voting at online forum

Oct. 30, 2020 / By and
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The forum hosted by LBC Votes gave young people an opportunity to speak with and ask questions to local officials.

VIDEO: VoiceWaves youth speak on their experiences growing up in Long Beach

Oct. 29, 2020 / By , , and
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Our youth reporters speak on how environments, the pandemic, and local schools have impacted their lives.

Tenants march in downtown Long Beach, calling for protection from harassment by landlords

Oct. 14, 2020 / By
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The Long Beach Tenants Union has been organizing with tenants who have received high rent increases and felt harassed.

Meet three Long Beach youth working to change how the city invests in young people

Sep. 24, 2020 / By
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These are just some of the young activists working to create a new and more equitable future for youth in Long Beach.

Long Beach community groups call for the end of police violence at march through East Long Beach

Sep. 14, 2020 / By
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Long Beach residents continued to call for defunding the police, this time as the city council prepared to make a decision on that very topic.

Long Beach residents drive throughout district one in support of canceling rent, adopting the People’s Budget

Aug. 31, 2020 / By
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District one residents shared how rent increases are impacting them and called for the adoption of many housing policies including in the People’s Budget proposal.