Organizations planning to show Gainesville prisoners support with protests

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Prisoners all across North Central Florida and other parts of the country say they are going on strike by refusing to eat or work.

These types of protests are being planned in more than a dozen states from August 21st until September 9th.

The protests are part of a national effort to end what organizers call "prison slavery."

Organizers with "Gainesville IWOC" and "The Campaign To Fight Toxic Prisons" say prisoners are forced to work with little to no pay in poor conditions and want to show the inmates support.

"We want to make sure that people know what's happening, that the people behind these prison walls, our neighbors, our family, our brothers and sisters and mothers, and fathers and they should not be treated with abuse and violence,” Panagioti Tsolkas, an organizer, said.

Organizers say the goal is to make sure the prisoners inside know that there are people on the outside who have not forgotten about them.

Carpooling will be available for Tuesday’s protest at the Civic Media Center at 7 AM.

The demonstration will follow at the Gainesville Work Camp at 8am