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The gritty and inspiring story of Ron Casanova, who went from homelessness to national homeless advocate

Each One Teach One recounts Ron Casanova's struggle out of poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction to find dignity and purpose in life. Through his own awakening, this Black Puerto Rican activist ultimately finds his salvation in helping other people. Placed in an orphanage on Staten Island at the age of three, Casanova faced overwhelming odds. His story illuminates significant twentieth-century protests, including the 1988 riot at Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, the "Housing Now" march of the homeless on Washington, DC, in 1989, 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, the Lower East Side, and Tent City, is the profound sense that, no matter what your circumstance, you can use your experience to help others. Ultimately, Casanova's story demonstrates the possibility of self-sufficiency and self-empowerment. Amid today's economic crisis and rising homelessness, Casanova's story brings a message of hope.
About the Author: RON CASANOVA (1945-2011) was an American activist. At different periods in his life, he was the vice president of the National Union of the Homeless, the editor of the Union of the Homeless News, and the director of the Kansas City Union of the Homeless. He also served as the founding director of Artists for a Better America in New York City and as a leader of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

STEPHEN BLACKBURN grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and is a past recipient of a Michener Fellowship. He is the author of the short-story collection The Extinction of Rhinos in Mexico: Nine Tales of Life and Death and The Rock of Abandon, a murder mystery for the stage set in ancient Athens. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Consuelo Flores.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780810145054
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Sub Title: Up and Out of Poverty; Memoirs of a Street Activist
  • ISBN-10: 0810145057
  • Publisher Date: 30 Jul 2022
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 272
  • Spine Width: 0 mm
  • Width: 152 mm


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