Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina, Community Editor

Vincent N. Medina, Journalism major at Cerritos College, is Community Editor for Talon Marks covering events, life, politics and news in Los Angeles County. In addition to journalism, Vincent is an amateur photographer and photo-journalist. He enjoys time relaxing with his family and hopes to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona. Vincent has ambitions to be a political or white house correspondent.

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Cerritos College graduating class of 2021 celebrated their achievements with a socially-distance commencement ceremony on May 28, 2021. Many students decorated their cars with streamers and stickers.

Cerritos College ‘CAR-MENCEMENT’ drive-thru celebrates the 2021 graduating class

May 31, 2021
For the first time in the college’s history, volunteers, staff and faculty members waved off the graduating class of 2021 in a drive-thru commencement ceremony.
Since closing most facilities on campus in March, Cerritos College has reported a number of positive cases. President Fierro has announced a 50% reopening in the fall 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Cerritos College students & staff deserve transparency and a say in return to campus

May 20, 2021
While many are excited by a (partial) return to campus in the fall, students and staff should hold the primary decision making power on the plans to reopen.
Marchers carry signs with messages of unity during the Skate to End Hate protest in Tustin on May 1, 2021. The protest was in response to the rise in AAPI hate crimes and the assault on Jenna Dupuy.

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May 20, 2021

Marchers carry signs with messages of unity during the Skate to End Hate protest in Tustin on May 1, 2021. The protest was in response to the rise in AAPI hate crimes and the assault on Jenna Dupuy.

Protesters skate to protest the attacks on the AAPI community on May 1, 2021. The protest marked the beginning of AAPI heritage month. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

Audio story: Tustin skate protest marks beginning of AAPI Heritage Month

May 20, 2021
A Skate to End Hate protest was held at the Tustin Legacy Skate Park on May 1, to mark the beginning of AAPI Heritage Month. Demonstrators called for an end to the violence on the Asian community.
Mia Mateos, 8, sells her handcrafted jewelry from her business

Child entrepreneurs promote their business in Norwalk Town Square

May 19, 2021
Young business owners sold their merchandise and unique creations during a small business pop-up event in Norwalk Town Square on May 15.
A large number of people in the African-American community distrust the COVID-19 vaccine. Their suspicion is due to a history of deceit and abuse for the U.S. government and the medical system.

[Photo] History of medical misconduct causes distrust of COVID-19 vaccine among African-Americans

May 18, 2021

A large number of people in the African-American community distrust the COVID-19 vaccine. Their suspicion is due to a history of deceit and abuse for the U.S. government and the medical system.

Martina Bowersox speaks to a maskless crowd as they protest the voluntary digital vaccine passport on May 11, 2021. Many protesters compared the voluntary passport to a Nazi regime.

Protesters in OC compare voluntary vaccine passport to Nazi regime

May 13, 2021
Maskless protesters fought against a voluntary digital vaccine passport during an OC Board of Supervisors meeting on May 11.
Dr. Melina Abdullah speaks at a BLM protest of the Police Protective League on April 21, 2021. Dr. Abdullah was invited to speak at Cerritos Colleges’ introduction to the new Black/
Africana Studies program. The theme of the social justice discussion was “The Intellectual Arm of the Revolution.” Cerritos’ new degree program is timely in light of the current climate in world.

[Photo] BLM-LA cofounder Dr. Melina Abdullah talks Black studies and social movements

May 6, 2021

Dr. Melina Abdullah speaks at a BLM protest of the Police Protective League on April 21, 2021. Dr. Abdullah was invited to speak at Cerritos Colleges’ introduction to the new Black/ Africana Studies...

Kaila or @tallcabbagegirl organized the Skate to End Hate protest on May 1, 2021. She speaks of her recent experience of racial-targeted harassment when she tried scouting the park for the demonstration.

[Photo] Tustin skate protest marks beginning of AAPI Heritage Month

May 6, 2021

Kaila or @tallcabbagegirl organized the Skate to End Hate protest on May 1, 2021. She speaks of her recent experience of racial-targeted harassment when she tried scouting the park for the demonstration....

Huntington Beach Police sit on horseback during a protest on April 11. They arrested several protesters on the Huntington Beach Pier.

Community engagement and de-escalation can prevent police killings

May 6, 2021
Police must utilize their non-lethal options at every opportunity before taking a person's life. Using words and de-escalating a situation is key to saving lives.
A Chevy sedan catches fire across the street from Norwalk Town Square on April 29, 2021. LA County Fire Station 20 arrives quickly to extinguish the flames.

Car erupts into flames adjacent to the Norwalk Town Square

May 4, 2021
An electrical malfunction caused a Chevy sedan to catch fire across the street from Norwalk Town Square.
Juliana Silva (left), Laurane Garrido (middle) and Rachel Huh (right) hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of AAPI hate crimes. They hold their vigil and rally on April 24, 2021.

Norwalk High School activists hold rally for victims of AAPI hate crimes

April 29, 2021
Norwalk High School students held a protest on the Norwalk City Hall lawn to protest AAPI hate on April 24.
Rudolph 'Randy' Johnstone (left), Derek Johnstone (right), and Jason Sullivan (middle) stand in front of their new fermenters at La Jara Brewing Co. They hope to begin brewing and open by Summer 2021. Photo credit: Courtesy of Derek Johnstone

La Jara Brewing Company, the small business built on locally crafted beer, is hoping to open by the Summer

April 27, 2021
La Jara Brewing Company hopes to open by the summer of 2021 and serve its locally crated beer.
Activists make a candlelight vigil for Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright in West Hollywood. People pass by and paid their respects on April 18, 2021.

Memorial built for Toledo & Wright in West Hollywood

April 22, 2021
Activists built a memorial for Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright in West Hollywood on April 17.
The ANSWER Coalition holds a protest in Pershing Square on April 21, 2021. They call for police accountability in the wake of Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd.

BLM-LA & ANSWER Coalition respond to Chauvin verdict

April 22, 2021
BLM-LA and the ANSWER Coalition responded to Chauvin's guilty verdict on April 21.
While all rides are closed at California Adventure Park, local residents came to enjoy the variety of foods and wine during their

California Adventure holds food & wine event while enforcing safety guidelines

April 21, 2021
California Adventure Park held their "Touch of Disney" event, where attendees could order exclusive foods and wine while obeying COVID-19 guidelines.
BLM supporters raise their fists in solidarity as the Wednesday-annual protest comes to an end. They held the demonstration in front of the LA PPL on April 14, 2021.

BLM-LA responds to Wright murder, Chauvin trial and Huntington Beach protest

April 15, 2021
BLM-LA co-founder and organizers respond to a week of unrest during their annual protest on April 14.
Cerritos College Academic Excellence Awards are given to students on April 5 and April 7, 2021. 
Recipients picked up their awards during a drive-thru ceremony in the college parking lot.

[Photo] Cerritos honors students’ academic excellence

April 12, 2021

Cerritos College Academic Excellence Awards are given to students on April 5 and April 7, 2021. Recipients picked up their awards during a drive-thru ceremony in the college parking lot.

A right-wing agitator is pursued by a crowd at the Huntington Beach Pier. The man was chased until he was escorted by police into a substation on April 11, 2021. Photo credit: Lola Ajetunmobi

Counter-protesters prevent KKK organized “White Lives Matter” rally in Huntington Beach

April 12, 2021
The Klan organized event failed to materialize as hundreds block entrance to the Huntington Beach pier, confronting white supremacist loners and Trump supporting locals on April 11.
Norwalk City Hall expanded appointment hours on April 6, 2021. Appointments at city hall can now be made Mon - Thu and every other Fri between 9 am and 5 pm.

Norwalk City Hall expands appointment hours as COVID-19 surge subsides

April 8, 2021
Norwalk City leadership expanded city hall appointment availability as the COVID-19 surge in the county subsides and vaccines become available.
Healthcare workers protest for fair compensation outside the Kaiser in Downey on March 30, 2021. Union leaders from the OPEIU Local 30 and the SEIU-UHW peacefully protested for the

Healthcare workers protest for fair compensation outside Kaiser in Downey

April 6, 2021
Healthcare workers and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions protested outside the Kaiser Permanente Downey medical center for fair compensation on March 30.
Dr. Billy Demoss touted debunked articles and counter-information about the COVID-19 virus during a seminar on March 31, 2021. The audience at the indoor seminar had no social distancing or masks.

[Photo] Doctors dispute COVID-19 information at anti-vax seminar

April 1, 2021

Dr. Billy Demoss touted debunked articles and counter-information about the COVID-19 virus during a seminar on March 31, 2021. The audience at the indoor seminar had no social distancing or masks.

Trans-athlete should have the right to compete as the gender they choose. Politicians and athletes try to pass laws discriminating against the LGBTQ community when their argument has no scientific basis. Photo credit: Mfhelms

Transathletes have the right to compete as the gender they choose

April 1, 2021
Athletes and politicians have advocated for discriminatory rules that prohibit trans-athletes from competing as the gender they choose when there is no scientific basis for their argument.
Hundreds marched against Asian-hate in Los Angeles on March 27, 2021. The march began at LA city hall.

Stop Asian Hate march in Los Angeles draws hundreds of supporters

March 31, 2021

Hundreds of supporters protested on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall against Anti-Asian violence on March 27. After several speeches, they marched through the streets to the Chinese-American Museum to...

Cecilia and Irving Cohen played integral roles in the JWCH Institute’s finance department to help the organization grow and expand, as they explained on February 18, 2021. Today they are recognized as some of the most influential people in the institute. Photo credit: Cecilia Cohen

One couple’s integral part in John Wesley Community Health Centers

March 26, 2021
The JWCH has helped thousands of low-income people in LA County, and Cecilia and Irving Cohen played an integral part in the institute's expansion.
LAPD officers block each intersection of Echo Park Lake on March 25, 2021. They prevented any civilians from entering the park and blocked the unhoused from their belongings.

First three days of unrest at Echo Park Lake

March 26, 2021

LAPD erected a fence around Echo Park Lake’s perimeter after an evening of confrontations between police and protestors resisting the city’s attempt to evict unhoused people from the park on March...

Many gather to protest against the recent attacks on the Asian American community at the OC Great Park in Irvine on March 20,2021. People hold up

[Photo] Protect, acknowledge & unite with the Asian American community

March 25, 2021

Many gather to protest against the recent attacks on the Asian American community at the OC Great Park in Irvine on March 20,2021. People hold up "Stop Asian Hate" signs to show their support for the Asian...

During a protest in OC Great Park on March 20, 2021, supporters skated against recent Asian-hate crimes. Some demonstrators choose to walk behind the skaters.

[Photo] Anti-Asian hate demonstrations held across Southern California

March 23, 2021

During a protest in OC Great Park on March 20, 2021, supporters skated against recent Asian-hate crimes. Some demonstrators choose to walk behind the skaters.

Anthony Bryson Interview – Black History Month march

March 19, 2021
Anthony Bryson organized a Black History Month celebration in Long Beach on Feb. 20. He discusses his inspiration and how local authorities attempted to intimidate him and his demonstrators.
Streaming is the future of entertainment, and with that many companies are taking the opportunity to do their own. Here Falcon Entertainment discusses on a number of services.

Falcon Entertainment Season 2 Episode 3: Streaming Services

March 18, 2021
Oscar Torres joins together with Vincent Medina and Emily Melgar in discussing streaming sevices.
BLM organizer Tabatha Jones Jolivet speaks during a protest on March 8, 2021. She said BLM does not negotiate with any organization that represents

LA Police Protective League calls BLM’s demands “incredibly reckless”

March 11, 2021

The Los Angeles Police Protective League responded to Black Lives Matter’s demands on March 10. The movement held its third weekly protest outside the league’s headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles...

LAPD follow a peaceful Women's Day protest on March 8, 2021. Their presence aggravates the demonstrators and leads to a stand-off on Spring St.

LAPD disrupts peaceful Women’s Day protest

March 9, 2021
The LAPD interfered with a peaceful Women’s Day protest on March 8, as mothers of police brutality victims demanded the officers responsible be held accountable.
News outlets have a history of gaslighting stories and creating false narratives. By creating fake news, they confuse their viewers and create distrust in the media. Photo credit: Pixy.org

Media must stop gaslighting and creating false narratives

March 4, 2021
The media continues to gaslight stories and create false narratives, which confuses their viewers. They must stop and report information accurately and unbiasedly.
Customers shop at the Local Harvest Farmers Market in Long Beach on March 4, 2021. They supported the vendors and small businesses that sold organic produce.

Long Beach farmers market supports small businesses

March 4, 2021
Despite the bad weather, several small businesses participated in the Local Harvest Farmers Market in Long Beach on March 4.
Activists march to honor African-American's role in American history during a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 20, 2021. They marched through Marina Park in Long Beach.

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March 4, 2021

Activists march to honor African-American's role in American history during a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 20, 2021. They marched through Marina Park in Long Beach.

BLM speakers asked their rally participants to raise their fists as they called for the defunding of police during a rally on Feb. 24, 2021.

Black Lives Matter LA continues fight to defund police

February 25, 2021
Black Lives Matter LA held a rally in front of the ACLU to advocate for defunding the police on Feb. 25.
Participants in the Black History Month Celebration marched in solidarity with others to remember African-American's role in shaping America. The march took place at Marina Park in Long Beach on February 20, 2021.

Social reform groups organize Black History Month celebration in Long Beach

February 24, 2021
Local social reform groups celebrated Black History Month in Long Beach with empowering speakers and performers on Feb. 24.
Volunteer at Saint John of God Church, Ed Santos, distributed ashes to the church's congregation on Ash Wednesday. The church held an indoor mass on Feb. 17, 2021.

[Photo] Ash Wednesday services modified for social distancing in LA county

February 18, 2021

Volunteer at Saint John of God Church, Ed Santos, distributed ashes to the church's congregation on Ash Wednesday. The church held an indoor mass on Feb. 17, 2021.

Saint John of God church in Norwalk held an indoor service on Feb. 17, 2021. The audience is required to social distance and wear a mask.

Churches in LA County exercise caution during in-person services

February 17, 2021
Houses of worship in LA County have mixed reactions to the Supreme Court's ruling to lift the ban on indoor services.

“The Good Karma” feeds the unhoused on Skid Row in LA

February 13, 2021
The charity "The Good Karma" served 300 meals to the unhoused in Los Angeles' Skid Row on Feb. 10.
Customers enjoy an outdoor meal at Fronk's bar and restaurant on Feb. 5. Fronk's has observed safety restrictions since they were implemented.

LA County restaurants reopen outdoor dining with varying success

February 6, 2021
LA County lifted restrictions on outdoor dining, but some restaurants are still struggling to stay open.
Norwalk coronavirus cases have risen since December. As of Feb. 4, Norwalk has reported 36 coronavirus cases in city departments.

Norwalk city hall reduces operation hours due to surge in COVID-19

February 4, 2021
Norwalk city hall reduced its hours of operation to Tuesdays and Thursdays due to a spike in COVID-19 cases throughout city departments.
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