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Mike Pappas

Mike is an activist and medical doctor working in New York City.

Healthcare Workers Stand in Solidarity with the Student Movement against Repression and for a Free Palestine

In response to the repression that university students have faced in the last weeks, we urge healthcare workers and their unions around the world to sign a solidarity letter against repression and for a free Palestine.

Mike Pappas

May 2, 2024

Healthcare Workers Need to Defend the Gaza Solidarity Encampments

As Israel’s genocide continues, student encampaments have started popping up throughout the U.S. in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Healthcare workers should mobilize nationally to defend students and help massify the movement.

Mike Pappas

April 27, 2024

What “The Daily” Gets Right and Wrong about Oregon’s Move to Recriminalize Drugs

A doctor at an overdose-prevention center responds to The Daily, a podcast produced by the New York Times, on the recriminalization of drugs in Oregon. What are the true causes of the addiction crisis, and how can we solve it?

Mike Pappas

March 22, 2024

The Fight for a Free Palestine Requires Class Independence

More letters to capitalist politicians or more threats that we won’t vote for Biden in 2024 will not stop the genocide. To Free Palestine and ourselves, we need to build broad movements in our workplaces and on the streets. 

Mike Pappas

December 29, 2023

Stop the Crackdown on Pro-Palestinian Healthcare Voices

Institutions around the world are cracking down on pro-Palestinian healthcare voices as part of an effort to further enable Israel’s ongoing genocidal campaign.

Mike Pappas

November 1, 2023

Healthcare Workers Are Standing with Palestine

Healthcare workers around the country are taking action to condemn the genocidal policies of Israel as it continues its attacks on Gaza.

Mike Pappas

October 27, 2023

Imperialist Governments Lie to Defend Genocide

Israel and the U.S. continue to manipulate public perception to justify a genocidal campaign against the Palestinian people.

Mike Pappas

October 25, 2023

Healthcare Workers Must Stand with Palestine

A U.S. funded humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza as a result of Israel’s ongoing genocidal campaign. This crisis makes it all the more crucial for healthcare workers to stand with Palestine.

Mike Pappas

October 21, 2023

U.S. Hospitals Express “Concern” and “Horror” — Without Mentioning Palestinians

New York City hospitals sent out emails to the communities — without even mentioning Palestine. This comes as Israel’s bombing campaign has killed thousands and targeted healthcare workers and healthcare facilities.

Mike Pappas

October 17, 2023

Kaiser Permanente Workers Begin the Largest Healthcare Strike in U.S. History

Workers at Kaiser Permanente, the largest private health care corporation in the United States, have begun the biggest healthcare strike in U.S. history. They're demanding a new contract with inflationary wage increases, increased staffing, an end to casualization and outsourcing, and benefits for retirees.

Mike Pappas

October 4, 2023

The Housing Crisis and Migrant Crisis Are Crises of Capitalism

As thousands of people come to the U.S. seeking shelter, politicians around the country are claiming that housing in the U.S. is already in crisis and that there is no room for them. Both the “migrant crisis” and “housing crisis” are crises created and exacerbated by capitalism.

Mike Pappas

September 20, 2023

Drug Patents Are Stifling Progress and Making us Sicker

Recently leaked corporate memos show once again that pharmaceutical companies always put profit over health. The recent example of Gilead shows how the pharmaceutical industry uses patent law to stifle medical progress and hurt the public.

Mike Pappas

August 15, 2023

New Study Finds Police Drug Seizures Increase the Risk of Overdose

Law enforcement agencies have long been engaged in the seizure of illicit drugs as part of the racist War on Drugs being waged for years. Now a recent study has shed light on a troubling connection between these police seizures and an increase in overdoses within the surrounding communities. The CDC funded study only further underscores how the institution of policing is dangerous to public health and needs to be abolished.

Mike Pappas

August 5, 2023

Capitalist Hegemony in Psychedelic Medicine

Excitement around psychedelics continues to grow with thousands set to attend the Psychedelic Science conference in Denver this week. Proponents in the psychedelic space have promoted a strategy to focus on the “medicalization” to gain wider societal acceptance. But this could lead psychedelics to come under greater control, ensuring that they serve as profitable tools to maintain the status quo.

Mike Pappas

June 20, 2023

Exposing the Facade: Nonprofit Exploitation and Betrayal in the Institute for Family Health

Management at the Institute for Family Health (IFH), a prominent non-profit health organization in New York City, has threatened to take away healthcare worker benefits if they don’t close medical charts in a specified timeframe. IFH’s decision not only reflects the capitalist logic employed by for-profit companies, but also highlights how nonprofit organizations reproduce this logic and function to uphold the capitalist system.

Mike Pappas

June 19, 2023

There Is No Capitalist Solution to the Overdose Crisis

The United States has weaponized its response to the overdose crisis it helped create, using it as an excuse to further its own imperialist agenda at home and abroad.

Mike Pappas

April 21, 2023

New York Nurses’ Strike Shows the Way Forward for Labor

Over 7,000 nurses struck at New York hospitals for three days, winning important partial gains. Despite attempts to avert the strike by the hospital bosses, Democratic Party politicians, and elements within the leadership of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), the bargaining committees of two major hospitals held strong.

Mike Pappas

February 2, 2023

NYSNA 2019-2021: From Contract Sellout to Covid Hell

Thousands of nurses in NYC could go on strike in the coming days. After nurses struggled to provide care during the Covid-19 pandemic, this fight could be a chance for nurses to improve working conditions. The nursing union’s past acceptance of toothless contracts helped further exacerbate staffing crises faced during the pandemic. This history is key to developing more militant fights to improve healthcare today.

Mike Pappas

January 5, 2023

Eric Adams Prescribes More Cops and Prisons for New York’s Poor and Oppressed

Mayor Eric Adams's directive to involuntarily detain the unhoused is about hiding the uncomfortable effects of capitalism.

Mike Pappas

December 14, 2022

Senate Votes to Overturn Covid-19 National Emergency

Just over a week after the “election to save democracy,” Senate Democrats voted with Republicans to end the Covid-19 Emergency Declaration three years after it was invoked. Both parties show us time and time again that the working class needs its own party.

Mike Pappas

November 29, 2022

Cops Out of Martial Arts: You Can’t Make “More Humane” Agents of State Terror

Leandro Lo, a world champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, was recently shot and killed by an off-duty cop in Brazil. Martial arts coaches and practitioners often welcome cops into their spaces, saying they’re then less likely to use deadly force. Let’s be clear: cops have no place in martial arts schools

Mike Pappas

August 10, 2022

Our Movement Is the Cure: Fighting for Healthcare Means Fighting for Socialism

On July 30 activists marched and rallied in Washington, DC, calling for a more humane healthcare system. Physician and Left Voice member Mike Pappas spoke at the rally about how capitalism and health aren’t compatible. Below is the text from his speech.

Mike Pappas

August 2, 2022

Healthcare Profits: Montefiore Hospital Closes Bronx Center while Opening Boutique Clinic in Manhattan

Montefiore Hospital System is set to close a primary care center in the Bronx and open a boutique clinic in Manhattan, and healthcare workers are fighting back. We need a healthcare system controlled by workers and patients — not bosses.

Mike Pappas

July 28, 2022

ICE Wants to “Disaffiliate” with Its Union? We Say GTFO

The parent union of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has decided to formally file to disclaim interest in being associated with ICE, after ICE repeatedly expressed interest in leaving its union. But ICE, and cops more generally, should never have been part of unions in the first place. They are not workers but are instead tools of a violent state apparatus under capitalism. We say good riddance to not only ICE, but also to all cops who want to leave their unions. We must demand all cops out of our unions!

Mike Pappas

July 14, 2022

University of California Nurses Reach Contract Following Stanford Nurses Strike

Just weeks after a nearby strike at Stanford Hospital, which led to the union winning a contract, nurses at the University of California have reached their own contract agreement with compensation and other gains for healthcare workers. When healthcare workers strike, their fight extends beyond their workplaces, helping others win too.

Mike Pappas

July 14, 2022

Starbucks Illegally Fires Worker in Queens, New York

Starbucks has fired a union organizer at the 31st Street/Ditmars Blvd store in Queens, New York. As the company continues to union bust, the workers are continuing the fight and requesting help supporting fired workers.

Mike Pappas

July 9, 2022

The Court is Trying To Kill You: SCOTUS Bolsters Climate Change

The Supreme Court just gutted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s power to regulate emissions. It’s time for the climate movement to stand up and fight back against the capitalist institutions that are killing the planet.

Mike Pappas

June 30, 2022

Uvalde Mass Shooting Exposes Police Cowardice: Cops Will Never Keep Us Safe

The mass shooting at Robb elementary in Uvalde, Texas left nineteen children and two teachers murdered. Uvalde police are now being exposed as cowards, choosing to brutalize frantic parents outside the school and watch as shooter Salvador Ramos killed children and teachers in a classroom. Police do not keep us safe and must be abolished.

Mike Pappas

May 28, 2022

Resident Physicians Are Unionizing — They Need Fighting Unions

Amid growing pro-union sentiment in the country, resident physicians are unionizing. They need fighting unions that challenge the for-profit healthcare system.

Mike Pappas

May 14, 2022

Healthcare Unions Must Take Up the Fight for Abortion Rights

Healthcare unions must take up the fight to make sure everyone has a right to free, safe, legal abortion on demand. Abortion is healthcare and healthcare is a human right.

Mike Pappas

May 12, 2022