September 1917

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“The government should take immediate action to prevent men from being deported. If they violate the law the courts are open and they should be tried in an orderly manner.”

The above is include in American Federation of Labor Secretary Morrison’s protest to government officials in forwarding an appeal against the deportation of workingmen from Bisbee, Arizona, by so-called “leading citizens,” who are taking advantage of war excitement to attack every workingman who apposes exploitation.

This thuggery and violation of all law is explained by C.E Tracy, Secretary of the Phoenix (Arizona) Typographical Union, in a telegram to Secretary Morrison, which says:

“Twelve hundred men, thirty percent American Federation of Labor, deported form Bisbee by armed Citizens’ Alliance. No union men allowed to enter town. Many women and children left destitute. Members of Alliance insulting women. Don’t be misled by Associated Press dispatches; we demand federal investigation.”

In additional reports to American Federation of Labor Headquarters unionists charge that the Phelps-Dodge corporation dominates the Arizona copper district and public officials in that section. It is stated that men are put in jail and charged with every sort of crime if they are in any way interested in the labor question.

The methods of this corporation is [sic] shown in its refusal to permit telegrams to be forwarded from Bisbee during the deportation. Later the corporation through its New York office apologized to the Associated Press and gave assurance that this “was contrary to their policy.”

In the weekly bulletin of the Brotherhood of Blacksmiths’ International, President Franklin says protests have been made to federal officials against the Bisbee deportation.

“We are advised that the families of many men are in destitute circumstances,” he says, “while their husbands, fathers and brothers are being held in a detention camp in Columbus, and that men in Miami, Globe and Morenci are being arrested on any trivial or protest charge and thrown into jail. We have no sympathy with the I.W.W. movement, but we most emphatically protest against the high-handed method used by the mob who deported all men who were in any way obnoxious to the interest of their bosses, who evidently control the prosecutor’s office, the sheriff’s office, and in fact all other county and state officials, and who will not only permit, but are the instruments with which the high-handed methods are perpetrated.”

In its last issue the Labor Advocate of El Paso, Texas, has this to say of the Bisbee deportation:

General Organizer Hayden of the Brotherhood of Carpenters has just returned from Bisbee and reports that the so-called Loyalty League of Bisbee is simply a self-constituted body of men who stated to him that their avowed purpose was to destroy every labor union in the city of Bisbee; that the I.W.W. question is purely a blind so that these merchants and manufactures’ representatives many have an excuse for endeavoring to disrupt organized labor.”

Organizer Hayden has notified building craftsmen to stay away from Bisbee because of the kangaroo court of the self-appointed law-and-order league, which has declared for non-unionism.–American Federation of Labor News Letter.