BlackBox Radio

July 28, 2006

BlackBox Radio for July 25, 2006

Filed under: Weekly Show — blackboxradio @ 2:51 pm

On this week’s show, Tarek Dika, a dearborn resident home from Beirut, discusses his perspective on the military conflict (Kate McCabe, producer), and a we look at the Art Fair madness that gripped Ann Arbor last week (Dana Christenson, producer). Plus local, national, and international headlines (find them after the ‘read more’ link).

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Local Headlines:
Manchester, MI Urged to Ban Bullhooks in Elephant Training
MI Supreme Court Considers Making Voters Show ID at Polls

Local Headlines

Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (or PETA), asked Manchester Village President Patricia Vailliencourt to enact legislation that would ban the use of bullhooks, electric prods, and other devices commonly used to inflict pain on circus elephants. PETA’s request comes in light of the scheduled July 26 visit of the Carson & Barnes Circus to Manchester, Michigan.

According to a press release issued by a local PETA organizer, the Carson & Barnes Circus is a chronic violator of the federal Animal Welfare Act, who recently paid a $400 fine for mishandling elephants and whose animal care director was caught on videotape attacking elephants with bullhooks and electric prods. Bullhook abuse by animal trainers is routine at circuses, but penalties are rare.

Similar legislation to ban the use of electric prods and bullhooks in elephant training is currently pending in Chicago.


The Michigan Supreme Court has made a decision to revisit a law that would require all voters to present a photo ID at the polls before they could cast a ballot. The law was originally introduced in 1996 under Governor John Engler, but was never implemented because Attorney General Frank Kelly ruled the law unconstitutional. At the time, Kelly also ruled that it violated the first and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution guaranteeing equal protection.

The NAACP, the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and the Michigan Democratic Party have come out as strong opponents to the law, charging that it discriminates against Blacks, poor people, and non-drivers. Many citizens do not have a photo ID because they don’t drive or can’t afford to get one.

According to the NAACP, almost 400,000 of the state’s 7 million registered voters have no ID. African Americans make up 18 percent of that figure, compared to 10% for whites. Twenty-five percent of women over the age of 65 have no driver’s license.

The head of the Detroit NAACP told the Michigan Citizen that asking for photo identification would increase voter intimidation at the polls and send a signal that, “it is open season on harassing voters at the polls.”

The court could rule on the implementation of the law before the November election. Critics have called it an orchestrated campaign to decrease minority voting during an election year.




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