This week on The Final Straw radio we are sharing a chat that Bursts had with Zolo Agona Azania. Zolo is from Gary, Indiana where he lives now, working a job and also doing re-entry work with the formerly incarcerated and community service to break cycles of trauma. After 7 and a half years in prison from ages 18-25 where Zolo engaged in political education with members of the Black Panther Party from Indianapolis, he was released. In 1981 he was re-arrested, picked up by the Gary police while walking around the city after a bank robbery took place, resulting in the death of a Gary police lieutenant. Because of his political views and circumstantially being on the street at that time, Zolo was convicted by an all white jury and sentenced to death.
Zolo beat that death penalty from within prison twice and blocked a third attempt by the state to impose it. For the hour, Zolo talks about his life, his parents, his art, his education, his time behind bars, his political development, the Republic of New Africa, and his legal struggle.
To get in touch with Zolo you can email him at azaniazolo5( at)gmail(dot )com or you can write
Jumpstart Paralegal and Publishing
PO Box 64854
Gary, Indiana 46401
To see more of Zolo’s art you can visit this support page!
For a longer version where you can hear more details of Zolo’s life, check out the podcast version up at https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org , linked in our social media accounts and up on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and other streaming services. Or better yet you can find us up on the Channel Zero Network of Anarchist Podcasts at channelzeronetwork.com .
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