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Our Members

Our members share MRPA’s values and work with us on planting the seeds of collective liberation, helping to build a world based on justice and equality. They are part of the empowerment of individuals and communities and help transform the balance of power– at work, at home, at school, and in any other public or private institution that makes decisions that impact us.

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When you become a member you invest in our community and help us be a step closer to justice and equality. With your participation you help Make the Road Pennsylvania continue its mission.

Meet our members

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Francisca Mendez

Like so many immigrants, I came looking for a better future for me and my family. In 1988 I crossed the border with my husband and two boys who were at the time 2 and 3 years old. It was never our intention to stay in this country. Back in those days people could cross the border more freely without papers. People worked for a while and went back repeating the cycle for years. But there came a point when we were criminalized and the border became more militarized. I don’t know if I would have left the country if the border was less secured, but I know that I have created a life here in the U.S. My two children are now adults who call this country home. I also have a third child who is a U.S. citizen and old enough to potentially sponsor me, but because of stricter immigration laws he can not sponsor his own mother. I have aging parents who I have not seen in over 25 years. I’ll do anything to go see them, but I’m afraid I will not be able to see my children again. If I leave I will be barred from entering this country for 10 years without a guarantee of being accepted back. This is a manufactured crisis that our elected officials can fix today if they wanted to. We crossed the border looking for a better life for my children. Any responsible parent would have done the same thing. We need to continue to fight for citizenship and nothing less.