On July 12 of this year, I attended the 101st commemoration of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917, held in the city’s Evergreen cemetery, where some of the deportees are buried. There were roughly thirty people in attendance, most were local residents, and Mike, the last member of the labour union, the International Workers of the World (IWW), left in town, led the memorial service. As we wound our way around the graves, Mike painted a moving portrait of the miserable lives led by those buried there. Many belonged to Bisbee’s sizable Serbian community, while others were Americans, Mexicans, or immigrants from various other parts of Europe. Mike planted IWW memorial flags emblazoned with the words “'WE NEVER FORGET”, tears were shed, the histories retold. This is what happened. On July 11, 1917, executives of the Phelps Dodge corporation, which ran the copper mines and border town of Bisbee, Arizona, like a medieval fief, colluded with Harry Wheeler, the local … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightIn 1917, corporate America deported more than 1,000 striking miners. Have we learned anything from Bisbee?