Vendedores en Acción, Street Vendor Council Meeting
Betty Marin and Quetzal Flores meet with local vendors and organizers to exchange stories and share knowledge derived from their experiences in street vending. Featuring Faustino Martinez, Caridad Vasquez, Humberto Yauli, Santa Huerta, Michelle Benavides, Miguel (Ricardo) Lucas Tax, and Belen Ortiz.
In the community space of ELACC, Quetzal Flores and Betty Marin organized a meeting to invite Vendedores en Acción, VEA (Vendors in Action) to learn about and participate in ACTA’s Sounds of California project. During the meeting, street vendors— a majority of which immigrated from various regions of Mexico, Central and South America— shared where they derived their recipes and vending strategies from, along with their personal origin stories and experiences bringing their small businesses to the U.S.. After describing the project and goals, a discussion centered on the importance of documenting their stories followed as each salesperson continued to exchange sounds, stories and knowledge with one another.