July 12th, 2017 commemorated the 100th anniversary of the notorious Bisbee, Arizona Deportation. On that date over a thousand striking miners and their supporters were rounded up at gunpoint in the copper-mining town by the sheriff and roughly a thousand “deputized” citizens known as the Loyalty League. Accused of being anti-American Industrial Workers of the World, the miners were loaded onto railroad boxcars and tossed out into the New Mexico desert at the height of the summer heat. This historic event is the subject matter of conceptual artist Laurie Mckenna’s latest project, entitled: The Undesirables. Laurie McKenna’s home turf is the copper mining town of Bisbee, Arizona where she is the Executive Director of the Central School Project – an Artist Studio Cooperative and Arts Center. Laurie McKenna spoke with Monday Buzz host Brian Standing.
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