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Life and Work with Nallely Verduzco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nallely Verduzco.

Hi Nallely, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Back in 2016, while working at Garcia Law Firm, I was inspired by many immigration cases to learn more about my Mexican culture. My mom being from Guadalajara, Jalisco and my dad from Los Angeles, California, made me a proud Chicana. Closest and most frequent place to visit near hometown is Tijuana, but I had to explore more than tacos and “la revu.” My first stop in Mexico was Guadalajara, vibrant colors everywhere, small pueblos with nice people, tortas ahogadas and of course tequila! Little did I know, Movimiento Xicano was about to begin its journey. It then continued to Michoacan, Guanajuato, Yucatan, Chiapas, Mexico City, and most recent, Oaxaca. Every place I visited had different handcrafted pieces that represented the state. Michoacan had all these beautiful huaraches, Guanajuato is known for its leather. Oaxaca, the mescal and the alebrijes, and all these places had one thing in common, Los Mercados, the markets.

The Mercados are a farmer’s market like in Mexico, you see many vendors, varying from food, handmade items, herbs, butcher shops, and so many other items. Mercados are open every day and is a main source of income for most. Mercados are mostly in low-income areas but are a main attraction for tourists. I loved the vibe and decided to bring the concept back to San Diego. Our very first Mercado was hosted in 2017 at Machete Beerhouse in National City with about 20 local vendors. It was such a great feeling getting to know so many other vendors, as I was a vendor myself selling huaraches and Xicana inspired t-shirts. Ever since it has been a constant battle with dedicating 100% of my time to my business. It has had its ups and downs but Movimiento Xicano is and will always be my pride and joy. Our most recent project which has landed us here is El Mercado by Movimiento Xicano. We host a Mercado twice a month at a private venue called FEMX Quarters in the Old Town area in San Diego. We have a variety of vendors with a DJ and or a live performance. Our events are family and pet-friendly as well. I’ve had the privilege of meeting hundreds of local and nonlocal vendors, most visiting from the Los Angeles area. Every Mercado is unique and fun, and we will continue to strive for more. We are working on expanding our location to spread more of our cultura. Please visit our social media sites for future Mercado dates @movimientoxicano and @elmercado_by_movimiento.xicano.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was all fun and business until March of 2020. Our Mercado definitely took a hit with Covid-19, many dates were postponed, money to be refunded, San Diego being in different tears, fear everywhere. There was no clear path for any of our vendors and it was so frustrating.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a paralegal whose main practice is Criminal Law, Family Law and Immigration Law. My favorite practice has definitely been Criminal Law, but the most rewarding has been Immigration Law. I had the privilege to work with the Border Angels newest director, Attorney Dulce Garcia. Working from a small office near Barrio Logan has been the most humbling experience.

Dulce and I were coworkers at a Criminal Law Firm, little did I know, Dulce would reach out several years later with her own firm wanting me to help her. I later learned that Dulce was here in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. I will forever be grateful for such an experience working with her. We participated in many community events, rallies, ceremonies, presentations, and courses together. I was so impressed by her passion to help others who are on the same boat as her, until this day she continues to be a significant leader in our community, a true chingona (badass). I can honestly say I would like to be like her when I grow up!

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters the most for me is my Family. I had always wanted a big family after hearing so many stories from my father’s side of the family. I love gatherings, laughing my butt off and joking around, I can definitely call myself the family clown. Ever since I can remember, my parents have pushed me to be number one, there was no room for failure and I am grateful for how they have raised me.

Contact Info:

  • Email: movimientoxicano@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @movimientoxicano
  • Facebook: @movimientoxicano


Image Credits:

Allis Verduzco Ashley Durazo

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