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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Atlantic Ghost Pipeline: How the Union (Hill) Won the South, Part 1

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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 5, 2020
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
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.
25:18
July 22, 2020
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.
31:24
July 15, 2020
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 8, 2020
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 1, 2020
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
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
**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.
54:07
June 17, 2020
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!
29:02
June 10, 2020
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.
29:35
June 3, 2020
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.
30:22
May 27, 2020
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
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
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
25:44
April 22, 2020
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.
29:31
April 15, 2020
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 1, 2020