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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

“Academia is in crisis, and it’s time for a change”: Interview with a Mount Sinai Hospital Postdoc

Mount Sinai hospital postdocs have voted by 91% to authorize a strike. Left Voice interviewed postdoctoral fellow Andrea Joseph about the union’s demands and the road ahead.

Raura Doreste

September 7, 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

All Trans Kids Deserve Care: A Response To Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis, noted anti-trans author, wrote for the Atlantic on the “child gender culture war,” saying that not all trans children should be given access to gender-affirming care. She is wrong.

R.F. Landers

May 19, 2023