(from NBC17 – more info at prisonbooks.info)
RALEIGH, N.C. — A number of people staged a protest Sunday at Central Prison in Raleigh.
The protesters say eight prisoners have been in solitary confinement since December when they staged a sit-down strike over work conditions in the prison kitchen.
The men inside are known as the “Strong 8.”
The protestors say the eight prisoners stopped working in the prison in a dispute over hours and working conditions.
Alex Berkman, one of the protesters, said, “To the warden we want to say stop using solitary confinement as a means of political intimidation.”
Berkman continued, “We want to say respect these eight men, they deserve rights just like everyone else. Even though they are in prison, they deserve to have decent labor conditions, be compensated for their work, safe, and to not be over worked. And they should be able to protest when those conditions are not met.”