Each One Teach One by Stephen Blackburn
Up and Out of Poverty, Memoirs of a Street Activist

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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.
 

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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.
 
Published October 1, 1996 by Curbstone Books. 250 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Placed in an orphanage in New York City in 1948 at age three when his mother died, Casanova hardly knew his father, whom he describes as an alcoholic wife-beater. His youth, a succession of detention

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In this raw, gritty autobiography written with freelancer Blackburn, he sums up his radical grassroots philosophy: ""We, the homeless and formerly homeless, have to be the ones who run the shelters, the homes, the soup kitchens, the welfare...

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