By Mary McPhail Gray
NVW Board Chair
“ . . . were it not for my father and my wife. I was deeply into drugs—selling and using—and in gangs and any street adventures I could find,” says James Mondragon, Educational Assistant at Nonviolence Works.
Mondragon was the oldest of five boys, and the family moved around a lot—Utah, Nevada and New Mexico. Both parents were drug addicts, and abuse and violence were daily occurrences. “My mother decided to get herself clean so she left all of us and moved away.” Later Mondragon’s father decided he also wanted to get clean, so he moved the boys to Taos when James was a teenager.
James hated it. He didn’t know anyone and didn’t have his usual contacts, so the minute his dad left the house on any errand, he slung his backpack on and headed for the highway—hitchhiking back to Albuquerque. But again and again his father came and found him—and “hauled me back to Taos.” [Read more…]