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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 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.

    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 They also highlight outdated and ineffective policies that are causing or contributing to this unnecessary problem.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 


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    • 34 min
    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.


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    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. 


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    • 34 min
    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!


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    • 31 min
    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. 


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    • 29 min
    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. 


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