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lunacactus@gmail.com     © laurie mckenna. 

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 The growth of this project has been made possible  by a 2018 Arizona Commission on the Arts  Artist Research and Development grant.  Video, performance and audio work would not have been feasible without the funding. 

THE UNDESIRABLES

On July 12th, 1917 in Bisbee, AZ mining companies and the Sheriff armed approximately 2000 citizens and rounded up 1,196 striking miners and their supporters. From there, the striking miners were marched to a baseball park, loaded into cattle cars, and banished to the desert in New Mexico. The strike was called by the IWW and the workers were accused of being subversives, unpatriotic, and a threat to public safety.