Mike Figueredo is a 32-year-old self-proclaimed activist and political aficionado. He obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science and began pursuing a Ph.D in public policy, but put that on hold to dedicate more of his time to The Humanist Report podcast. Throughout the course of his academic career, Mike focused on American and comparative politics, international affairs as well as U.S. foreign policy, and Middle East and North African social movements. His current interests encompass a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from American electoral politics and campaign finance laws to political philosophy. Additionally, Mike is an outspoken atheist, is openly gay, and considers himself an anti-establishment, politically independent democratic socialist.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mike became a prominent supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, which is when The Humanist Report attracted thousands of like-minded progressives that sought more information about the Vermont Senator’s campaign. After the 2016 election concluded, Mike began focusing heavily on policies like ‘Medicare for All’ in 2017 and became known for his frequent calls to members of congress in a strategy he referred to as “naming and shaming” on the show.
Towards the end of 2017, Mike became one of—if not the most—influential voices in the net neutrality debate, garnering millions of views for his coverage of the topic, with multiple videos on the subject matter going viral weekly. He even managed to make it on the radar of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who played a clip of Mike calling a Republican GOP commissioner a “sellout” at a private event with regulators and industry insiders.
Mike continues to focus on policies like ‘Medicare for All’ and net neutrality, but has recently began focusing more heavily on the 2020 elections by profiling progressive primary challengers to incumbent, centrist Democrats and following Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign once again. Mike has also been an opponent to President Trump’s militarism, shining a spotlight on neoconservatives aiming to influence his foreign policy decisions with respect to Syria, Iran, and North Korea. He also frequently calls out President Trump’s “war on the poor” and criticizes his use of trickle down economics.
Policies Mike advocates for includes single-payer healthcare, net neutrality, tuition free public college, student loan-debt cancellation, universal pre-k, federal legalization of marijuana, reinstatement of Glass Steagall and strict regulations on Wall Street, ending the drug war and legalizing—or at a minimum—decriminalizing all drugs, ending U.S. imperialism (which includes closing all U.S. foreign military bases, bringing all American troops home, and cutting the U.S. military budget by 75%), abolishing the death penalty, a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation, public financing of elections, electoral reform (ranked choice voting, increasing the number of representatives elected per district from 1 to 3), term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme Court, a ban on fracking, universal basic income of $1,000/mo per family, recognition of Palestinian statehood, a “no billionaires tax” and wealth redistribution, climate change mitigation and adaptation legislation, criminal justice reform and community policing, abolition of ICE, bounding the U.S. to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, passing ENDA and the Fair Pay Act, banishing private prisons, statehood for D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam, banning so-called “right to work” laws and strengthening unionization, giving reparations for slavery to all African American citizens, passing comprehensive immigration reform (that offers full amnesty and citizenship to immigrants residing in the U.S.), welcoming refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, legalizing and regulating prostitution and sex work, a lifetime ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists, enacting gun reform legislation (comparable with laws passed in Australia), publicly funded housing for all homeless Americans, a comprehensive workers rights bill (including mandatory federal sick leave, vacation pay, and maternity/paternity leave), ending foreign aid to all countries that violate human rights, ending subsidies to oil and gas companies, fixing America’s crumbling infrastructure, the democratization of the workplace, investing in clean/renewable technology, and more.
Mike’s non-political interests include videogames and podcasts. He married his long-time partner in 2017, has a dog and a cat, seventeen nieces and nephews, and is writing a book about American politics that will focus on issues broadly discussed on The Humanist Report.