Help Zolo Rebuild His Life

$14,310 of $15k goal

Raised by 237 people in 5 months
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Howie Emmer  CHICAGO, IL
Political prisoner and former death row inmate, Zolo Agona Azania, needs your help. Zolo will finally be released in a few short months, in February 2017, after spending 35 years in prison, 27 years on death row. Zolo is a prolific writer and an accomplished artist. His writings and art reflect his deep commitment to the Black freedom struggle and a just world for all people.

Zolo will exit prison practically penniless and will face enormous financial challenges. He will need to pay for housing, food, clothing, transportation, furniture, a cell phone, utilities, and the many other expenses we all encounter. 

Zolo will seek employment but at the present time he has little savings. He has been paid $.35 an hour during most of the time he has worked inside Indiana’s prisons.

Let’s ease Zolo’s path and make sure he does not confront his  financial challenges—and all the challenges he will face--alone. Please donate generously.

Zolo is alive today due to his efforts and the work of his supporters and a strong legal team. The Indiana Supreme Court twice reversed his death penalty conviction due to racially discriminatory practices that occurred during the trial process.

Zolo is a jailhouse lawyer. He has done legal work on his own behalf and for other inmates. He has acquired a paralegal certificate and has gained an associate degree by completing 2 years of college work.

 In spite of his difficult circumstances, Zolo is a positive person with a quick smile and a vibrant laugh. Let’s answer his positivity with support.

All funds will go directly to Zolo and will be deposited into a fund managed by me, Howie Emmer.  Along with others, I have visited and supported Zolo  for 13 years. For more information contact: zoloazania.org and Chicago Committee to Free Black Political Prisoners on Facebook.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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Update 3
Posted by Howie Emmer
22 days ago
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Zolo wants to tell everyone that "All the accomplishments we have made since my release on February 6 could not have happened without your support and concern." Zolo's spirit is strong, he has good housing, and he's looking for a job. Please encourage others to donate so we can continue to cover Zolo's expenses during this transition time.
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Update 2
Posted by Howie Emmer
1 month ago
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Zolo is free! He was released on Monday, February 6. He is extremely happy to be out, to be reunited with family and friends, and to return to the community. Spread the word of his release! And please encourage others to donate since Zolo has little money, his expenses will be large, and he is 62 years old.
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Update 1
Posted by Howie Emmer
3 months ago
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Hello Zolo Supporters,

Zolo Azania is a friend of mine. I have been visiting Zolo in prison and, along with others, providing him with moral, political, and financial support, for the past 13 years. The funds raised from this GoFundMe campaign are deposited into a savings account I opened in my name. The account serves the sole purpose of holding the funds for Zolo. Zolo is scheduled to be released from prison in February 2017 and, when he is released and is able to open a bank account in his name, I will transfer the funds into his bank account. Thanks so much for your contributions!
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$14,310 of $15k goal

Raised by 237 people in 5 months
Created October 14, 2016
HE
Howie Emmer  
$15
Anonymous
22 days ago
MS
$25
Mindy Stone
22 days ago

Long overdue....FREEDOM! Congrats!!!!

$25
Paulette D'auteuil
22 days ago

Much love & support Zolo!

GF
$100
George Caffentzis Silvia Federici
22 days ago(Offline Donation)
$25
Anonymous
23 days ago
JT
$10
Jay T
27 days ago
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$25
Gwendolyn Debrow
28 days ago
$50
Anonymous
1 month ago
TG
$25
Tom Grace
1 month ago(Offline Donation)
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$20
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1 month ago
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