Each One Teach One (Hardcover)

Up and Out of Poverty, Memoirs of a Street Activist

By Ron Casanova, Stephen Blackburn

Curbstone Books, 9781880684375, 250pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1996

List Price: 22.95*
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Each One Teach One chronicles Ron Casanova's struggle out of poverty, homelessness and drug addiction to find dignity and purpose in his life. Through his own dramatic awakening, this Black, Puerto Rican activist ultimately finds his answer in helping other people.
Born into a dysfunctional family and placed in an orphanage on Staten Island at an early age, Casanova faced overwhelming odds. His story illuminates some of the major events of our time, including the "police riot" at Tompkins Square, the "Housing Now" march of the homeless on Washington, and community takeovers of housing in Kansas City, New York, and Philadelphia.
Underlying Each One Teach One, with its vivid cast of characters and intimate descriptions of Harlem and other urban areas, is the profound sense that no matter what your circumstance, you can use your past experience to help others. Ultimately, Casanova's story is a message of hope for the future and for the possibility of self-sufficiency and self-empowerment for each individual.

About the Author

Ron Casanova is Vice President of the National Union of the Homeless, Editor of the Union of the Homeless National News and former Director of The Kansas City Union of the Homeless.

Praise For Each One Teach One: Up and Out of Poverty, Memoirs of a Street Activist

"An eloquent voice for Americans too often ignored or scapegoated."—Booklist

"A valuable firsthand account of a street survivor's harrowing experiences." —Kirkus Reviews

"Read Each One Teach One as the epic of a man's awakening to community and purpose from a life lived on the bounce between our savage so-called 'social' institutions and the streets. Or read it as a raw bulletin from the fractured front of a class war too many in our country want to ignore. Either way, this is an urgent, vital, necessary book."

—Fred Pfeil, author of What They Tell You to Forget