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:

Long Beach youth and officials on a Zoom call, in a screenshot captured in grid view.

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.
A youth retreat in the San Antonio Mountains is exactly what Alvin Engo needed to continue his and the community’s struggle.

It’s Easy To Be In A Saint In Paradise

Mar. 16, 2020 / By
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A youth retreat in the San Antonio Mountains is exactly what Ceferino Martirez needed to continue his and the community’s struggle.
A new wave of grassroots organizers rises due to the wake of growing tensions in the Middle East and in the U.S.

Long Beach Rallies Against “Endless War” in Middle East

Jan. 17, 2020 / By
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A new wave of grassroots organizers rises due to the wake of growing tensions in the Middle East and in the U.S.

Animal Cruelty Images Turn Heads in Long Beach Protest

Nov. 12, 2019 / By
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Chickens, pigs and cows being gruesomely mutilated and slaughtered played on flat screen televisions held by members of Anonymous for the Voiceless, a decentralized activist group intent on protecting and securing total animal liberation in the United States and beyond.

Trade Your Skills for (Almost) Anything at the ‘Time Exchange’

Sep. 25, 2019 / By
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What started off as a way to survive the recession has become a free social network for everyday help and friendship.

‘These are not PG-13 times’ — The Case for a PG-16 Movie Rating

Aug. 21, 2019 / By
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As a result of obscure censors, youth end up missing out on great content and development. Let’s change that.

More Displacement & Poor Air: Youth Protest 710 Freeway Expansion

Jul. 24, 2019 / By , and
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Long Beach youth and other 710 freeway communities gathered together in Commerce to protest the expansion of the freeway citing environmental consequences and displacement.