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The Justice Report

The Justice Report

By Virginia Poverty Law Center

The Justice Report explores what our low-income neighbors struggle through and endure in Virginia. Hosted by Salaam Bhatti and Jamshid Bakthiari of the Virginia Poverty Law Center, the show will highlight stories of struggling Virginians and examine the systems that prevent communities from escaping poverty.
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The Final Show: It Was Never Just Us For Justice
The Final Show: It Was Never Just Us For Justice
Where does Virginia stand when it comes to poverty? In this eleventh and final episode of Season 3 (and the last of the Justice Report), Salaam and Jam talk about the latest news stories in Virginia, their paths moving forward, and the legacy of the Justice Report. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org
29:20
December 16, 2021
Flying Northam for the Winter: A Conversation with Virginia's First Lady
Flying Northam for the Winter: A Conversation with Virginia's First Lady
What's going on in the Governor's Mansion? In this tenth episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam talk to Pamela Northam, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to learn about her background, the legacy of First Ladies, and her work as the Chair of Virginia's Children's Cabinet. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
29:24
November 24, 2021
Dad Pod Part 2: A Conversation With Our Immigrant Fathers
Dad Pod Part 2: A Conversation With Our Immigrant Fathers
Where did it all begin for our intrepid young podcasters? In this ninth episode of Season 3, Jam sits down with his father, Ali Bakhtiari, to talk about his immigration from Iran, the value of immigration and education, and the challenges of living as an Iranian immigrant during a period of heightened paranoia in America. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
26:13
November 10, 2021
Dad Pod Part 1: A Conversation With Our Immigrant Fathers
Dad Pod Part 1: A Conversation With Our Immigrant Fathers
Where did it all begin for our intrepid young podcasters? In this eighth episode of Season 3, Salaam sits down with his father, Naweed Bhatti, to talk about his family's immigration from Africa, immigrant life in America, and the challenge of raising a family while lower on the income scale. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
29:36
October 27, 2021
Hungry for Change: Can Nutrition Policies Save Virginia?
Hungry for Change: Can Nutrition Policies Save Virginia?
How is it that in the world's richest nation, millions still go hungry? And how can Virginia's policies fight against it? In this seventh episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam sit down with Stephanie Hodges, M.S., Founder of The Nourished Principles, to talk about food apartheid, malnourished communities, the racist roots of hunger, and school meals. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
30:54
October 14, 2021
GI for Joe: Can a Guaranteed Income End Poverty?
GI for Joe: Can a Guaranteed Income End Poverty?
UBI, Guaranteed Income, Minimum Income--one solution to poverty that's been rising has a simple premise: give people money. In this sixth episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam talk Guaranteed Income to Danielle Greene, Chief of Staff of the Richmond Resilience Initiative, and Reggie Gordon, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services for the city of Richmond. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
27:39
September 29, 2021
Children are Taxing: Exploring the Child Tax Credit
Children are Taxing: Exploring the Child Tax Credit
Parenting is expensive--but the federal government might be able to lend a hand. In this fifth episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam dive into the Child Tax Credit passed as part of the American Rescue Plan earlier this year. They talk with Chris Wodicka, Senior Policy Analyst at the Commonwealth Institute to learn more about the policy--and then take to the streets of Richmond for some Street Justice, learning how the Child Tax Credit has impacted everyday Virginians. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
22:41
September 22, 2021
When Unemployment Doesn't Work: Taking On the Employment Commission
When Unemployment Doesn't Work: Taking On the Employment Commission
With most of the world shut down over the last year, unemployment benefits became critical for millions unable to go to work. So if someone in need missed out, it was a serious problem. In this fourth episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam tackle the issues in Virginia's unemployment system. State Delegate Sally Hudson to discuss her bill to patch up holes in the unemployment benefit system, as well as Steve Fischbach, Litigation Director at the VPLC (steve@vplc.org), who led a class-action lawsuit to hold the Virginia Employment Commission accountable for processing claims in a timely manner. More info on the VPLC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
28:49
August 25, 2021
Don't You, Forget About Me: Benefit Cuts Amidst a Waning Pandemic
Don't You, Forget About Me: Benefit Cuts Amidst a Waning Pandemic
On July 1, 2021, a whole host of new laws passed in Virginia finally came into effect. In this third episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam tackle the end of Virginia's state of emergency--and what that change means for pandemic-era benefits. They're joined by Carmen Bingham, Project Coordinator for the Affordable Clean Energy Program at the VPLC (carmen@vplc.org) to discuss the impending end of the utility moratorium and the possibilities for public aid, as well as an up-and-coming public benefits attorney named Salaam Bhatti (salaam@vplc.org) to discuss reductions in SNAP and other public benefits. More info on the VPC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
17:40
August 06, 2021
Open Wide: 2021 Medicaid and SNAP Benefits
Open Wide: 2021 Medicaid and SNAP Benefits
On July 1, 2021, a whole host of new laws passed in Virginia finally came into effect. In this second episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam are joined by Sara Cariano, ENROLL Virginia! Policy Specialist and Lead Health Insurance Navigator at the VPLC (sara@vplc.org) to discuss changes to Medicaid in the new year. They're also joined by a little-known public benefits attorney by the name of Salaam Bhatti (salaam@vplc.org) to discuss changes to SNAP and other benefits for low-income Virginians. ENROLL Virginia Helpline: 888-392-5132 More info on the VPC: vplc.org Got a story or question? Email us at radioshow@vplc.org
29:55
July 29, 2021
Home A Loan: New Laws for Student Borrowers and Renters
Home A Loan: New Laws for Student Borrowers and Renters
On July 1, 2021, a whole host of new laws passed in Virginia finally came into effect. In this first episode of Season 3, Salaam and Jam are joined by VPLC's Executive Director Jay Speer and Laura Dobbs, Attorney with the VPLC Housing Advocacy Team, to break down how several of the new housing laws affect renters and borrowers in Virginia.
25:19
July 14, 2021
Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty
Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty
Joanne Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox, authors of Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending US Poverty, join Salaam and Jam to talk about their book. We had a great conversation about the myths surrounding poverty, why poverty still hasn't been eradicated, and so much more. Broke in America offers an eye-opening and galvanizing look at life in poverty in this country: how circumstances and public policy conspire to keep people poor, and the concrete steps we can take to end poverty for good. In clear, accessible prose, Goldblum and Shaddox detail the ways the current system is broken and how it's failing so many of us. They also highlight outdated and ineffective policies that are causing or contributing to this unnecessary problem. Every chapter features action items readers can use to combat poverty--both nationwide and in our local communities, including the most effective public policies you can support and how to work hand-in-hand with representatives to affect change. The book will be available in February 2021. Pre-orders available here: link 
33:52
December 30, 2020
Reparation Nation: Exploring Jewish, Japanese, and Black Americans' Experiences
Reparation Nation: Exploring Jewish, Japanese, and Black Americans' Experiences
Join Salaam and Jam for a roundtable discussion about reparations with John Tateishi (author of Redress, chronicling his experience in an internment camp and the resulting advocacy for redress), Sonya Renee Taylor (co-founder of Buy Back Black Debt), and Steve Fischbach (family benefited from reparations following the Holocaust). This hour-long chat is incredible on so many layers. What are reparations? Do they need to be in the form of money? And when money enters the picture, why do people begin fighting amongst themselves? All this – and more – only on The Justice Report.
57:31
December 17, 2020
Aird'ing on the Side of Progress: Special Session in Review
Aird'ing on the Side of Progress: Special Session in Review
Delegate Lashrecse Aird returns to our show to conclude our 2 part series on VA's 2020 Special Session. A few months ago, we spoke with Delegate Jeff Bourne about the Legislative Black Caucus' agenda for the Special Session. He outlined a lot of policies which centered around helping our low-income neighbors and criminal justice reform. Delegate Aird joins us to tell us how it all went. 
34:29
December 09, 2020
Careless About Child Care
Careless About Child Care
Emily Griffey from Voices for Virginia's Children joins us to talk about child care. We speak about the impact it - in its current form - has on society, especially on low-income families. We journey through the intersections of child care & child support and child care & child protective services. There's a lot of issues in this space and we are happy to see that Voices is at the helm to vanquish them!
31:55
November 18, 2020
Let's Talk About Wealth, Baby
Let's Talk About Wealth, Baby
Wealth and income inequality is a plague ravaging America. Dr Victor Chen, author of "Cut Loose - Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy" and professor of sociology at Virginian Commonwealth University, joins us today to talk about these inequalities. 
29:25
November 04, 2020
Jobless Crisis: When Unemployment Benefits Stopped Working
Jobless Crisis: When Unemployment Benefits Stopped Working
In this episode, we explore Todd's story about how our economic system failed him at every turn - from losing his job, to not receiving unemployment, to losing his home, and more. We also speak with Marty Wegbreit, director of litigation at Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, on the policies, procedures, and failures that got us here. Tune in for a heck of an episode that is merely the tip of the iceberg of what millions are facing across the nation. 
31:26
October 14, 2020
Minimum Wage, Maximum Rage
Minimum Wage, Maximum Rage
David Broder i.e. The Brodinator joins us to talk about the history of the minimum wage struggle and the efforts to turn it into a living wage. 
25:24
October 07, 2020
David vs Goliath: How Unions Take on The System
David vs Goliath: How Unions Take on The System
We spoke with David Broder, president of SEIU 512, and a few union members, about what a union is, how does it help workers get out of poverty, and what being in a union means to them. We also dove into right-to-work and what the future looks like for unions. If you don't know much about unions, then this is a great place to start!
30:52
September 30, 2020
This one is about Evictions
This one is about Evictions
Laura Wright joins us to talk about evictions in this pandemic-laced world. If you have questions or concerns around evictions in Virginia, call the VPLC Eviction Legal Helpline at 1-833-NoEvict.
28:46
September 23, 2020
School Divisions: The Battles Within Virtual Attendance
School Divisions: The Battles Within Virtual Attendance
Jam and Salaam speak with two parents and a union leader to discuss the maladies of re-opening school during a pandemic and the affect it will have on those from low-income families. 
31:14
September 02, 2020
You Are Not A Loan: Tackling Predatory Lenders
You Are Not A Loan: Tackling Predatory Lenders
Imagine being down on your luck and taking out a payday loan. It was quick, easy, and super convenient. Time to breathe a sigh of relief? NOPE. Let's dive into the sordid world of predatory loans and see what historic reform just took place in Virginia. We chat with VPLC's Executive Director Jay Speer, VA State Delegate Lamont Bagby, and Pew Charitable Trust's Alex Horowitz to learn more. Predatory Loan Hotline: (866) 830-4501 This is the season finale. Thanks so much for being with us for our inaugural season. We'll be off for the rest of August and will return in September with our new season! If you like what you heard, then please leave a rating. 
22:28
August 05, 2020
Atlantic Ghost Pipeline: How the Union (Hill) Won the South, Part 2
Atlantic Ghost Pipeline: How the Union (Hill) Won the South, Part 2
After years in the works, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline - a celebrated, bipartisan project - was abruptly canceled. Was this an overnight change of heart? Or were there other powers at work? And what's this about the Mountain Valley Pipeline? Join us for the thrilling conclusion of this two-part series as Delegate Sam Rasoul and Union Hill resident Richard Walker share their stories. 
24:57
July 29, 2020
Atlantic Ghost Pipeline: How the Union (Hill) Won the South, Part 1
Atlantic Ghost Pipeline: How the Union (Hill) Won the South, Part 1
After years in the works, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline - a celebrated, bipartisan project - was abruptly canceled. Was this an overnight change of heart? Or were there other powers at work? Jessica Sims (VA Sierra Club)  and Jonathan Sokolow (attorney, writer, and activist) joined us to discuss their advocacy  in this fight.
25:19
July 22, 2020
Big Fans of Renewable Energy: The Battle Between the Green New Deal and the Virginia Clean Economy Act
Big Fans of Renewable Energy: The Battle Between the Green New Deal and the Virginia Clean Economy Act
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the hottest of times, it was the "Winter is...not coming?" of times.  Jam and Salaam talk about two of the biggest bills in the VA State Assembly this year - the Green New Deal and the Virginia Clean Economy Act. They were joined by:  State Senator Ghazala Hashmi and Activist Harrison Wallace, who supported the Virginia Clean Economy Act,  and Delegate Sam Rasoul presented his case for the Green New Deal.
31:25
July 15, 2020
Take A Jill Pill: Progressing Virginia's Health Laws
Take A Jill Pill: Progressing Virginia's Health Laws
Jill Hanken, health law attorney with over 30 years experience, joins Salaam & Jam to talk about incredible advancements in Virginia's Medicaid and health law realm.
43:39
July 08, 2020
The Bourne Assembly: The Legislative Black Caucus' Priorities
The Bourne Assembly: The Legislative Black Caucus' Priorities
Jeff Bourne, VA State Delegate (D-71), joins Salaam & Jam to talk about the Legislative Black Caucus' special session priorities.  Also, Salaam gets tongue twisted.
30:17
July 01, 2020
Mortality Kombat: The Fatal Crisis Pregnant Black Women Face
Mortality Kombat: The Fatal Crisis Pregnant Black Women Face
Kenda Sutton-EL, executive director of Birth in Color RVA Foundation, joins Salaam & Jam to talk about maternal mortality in the black community, its racist background, and how she plans to solve it. 
27:36
June 24, 2020
Redlines and Commitments: The Intersection of Racism and Poverty
Redlines and Commitments: The Intersection of Racism and Poverty
State Senator Jennifer McClellan, Community Organizer Omari Al-Qaddafi, and VPLC Housing Attorney Daryl Hayott joined Salaam & Jam to chat about the history of redlining, how it manifests today, and how to solve it.  
29:57
June 17, 2020
EXTENDED Redlines and Commitments: The Intersection of Racism and Poverty
EXTENDED Redlines and Commitments: The Intersection of Racism and Poverty
**This is the extended interview. If you listened to the original, feel free to forward to 29th minute.** State Senator Jennifer McClellan, Community Organizer Omari Al-Qaddafi, and VPLC Housing Attorney Daryl Hayott joined Salaam & Jam to chat about the history of redlining, how it manifests today, and how to solve it.
54:08
June 17, 2020
Understanding Race and Poverty : A Conversation with Delegate Josh Cole
Understanding Race and Poverty : A Conversation with Delegate Josh Cole
Delegate Josh Cole joined Salaam to chat about the protests happening around the nation and in Virginia. Are these protests solely fixed on police brtuality? Or are we seeing 400 years of injustices coming to a head? This is a must-listen as we explore the intersection of poverty and racism!
29:03
June 10, 2020
The Appeal of a Repeal: Battling the Drug Felon Ban
The Appeal of a Repeal: Battling the Drug Felon Ban
Salaam and Jam talk about how people with drug felonies on their records are banned from public benefits FOR LIFE. We spoke with Carl Phillips, who was in that boat. He told us about what he did to advocate for change.
29:36
June 03, 2020
H2-Uh Oh: Petersburg's Water Crisis
H2-Uh Oh: Petersburg's Water Crisis
Salaam and Jam talk about the Petersburg water crisis with Delegate Lashresce Aird and a Petersburg resident. This crisis began long before the pandemic and continues through the crisis. Briefly, Petersburg residents had their water completely shut off for months, with some still experiencing the shut off. Listen as we talk about why this happened and what is being done to move forward.
30:23
May 27, 2020
From Without a House to Powerhouse: The Rise of Adele McClure
From Without a House to Powerhouse: The Rise of Adele McClure
Adele McClure joins Salaam and Jam to talk about her struggles through and out of poverty. Her journey is not the rule - it is the exception. Adele talks about how she uses her powers for good to spread equity like Senator Mark Warner spreads mayo. 
30:36
May 13, 2020
Housing & Eviction Roundtable
Housing & Eviction Roundtable
Salaam & Jam chat with attorneys Christie Marra, Daryl Hayott, and Laura Wright about the eviction crisis plaguing Virginia. 
30:04
April 22, 2020
Protecting Elders and Borrowers in a COVID world
Protecting Elders and Borrowers in a COVID world
Salaam and Jam explore COVID19's effects on elders and loan borrowers. Emily Hardy and Dana Wiggins of the Virginia Poverty Law Center join to chat
25:45
April 22, 2020
Stay-at-home order's effect on domestic violence
Stay-at-home order's effect on domestic violence
In this episode, Salaam and Jam explore how being at home maybe enjoyable  for some, but for others, it could mean facing more abuse from their partners. Susheela Varky of the Virginia Poverty Law Center joins to chat.
29:32
April 15, 2020
COVID19's Impact on Family Law & Public Benefits
COVID19's Impact on Family Law & Public Benefits
In this episode, Salaam and Jam explore COVID19's effects on Family Law and Public Benefits. Valerie L'Herrou of the Virginia Poverty Law Center joins to chat!
27:49
April 01, 2020