Here’s What You Helped CEPR Accomplish in 2020. Where Do You Want To Go In 2021?

12/23/2020 12:00am

CEPR sprang into action this year to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning with proposals for a government stimulus and safeguards to ensure that working people are supported, and continuing with pressure to stop the US Treasury from blocking a global COVID response.

As we head into 2021 and the beginning of a new presidential administration, we need your support so that we can make as much impact as possible in advancing progressive economic and foreign policy ideas in Washington. We’re going to need to keep a close eye on the Biden cabinet, while taking advantage of this historic opportunity to make important, lasting change for the better and ensure the administration actually takes bold action to address the recession, systemic racism, the climate crisis, end our many wars (economic and military), and so much more.

Below, we recap what we accomplished in 2020, and why we need your support heading into 2021…

This year, CEPR’s International Program:

  • Worked hard to ensure that, as the US wrestles with COVID, the rest of the world is not forgotten, pushing for trillions in SDRs to be allocated by the IMF. This became part of legislation that passed the House twice, that was introduced in the Senate, and will continue to be a priority for us in 2021.
     
  • Played an instrumental role in holding the Organization of American States accountable for its part in paving the way for the military coup d’etat in Bolivia in 2019, through four different reports comprising hundreds of pages of analysis, and multiple op-eds, events, and press releases.
     
  • Warned of changes that Big Tech companies seek to have enshrined at the World Trade Organization that would rig the rules of the global (digital) economy to enable them to collect more data, exercise more control over our lives and over their workers, and amass ever more profit.
     
  • Launched a regularly updated COVID 19-tracker to monitor the spread of the pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, and began raising the alarm early as the disease spiraled out of control in Ecuador.
     
  • Tracked US Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation flights of people exposed to, and in some cases infected with, COVID-19, and presented to Congress on such deportations to Haiti.
     
  • Continued to be a prominent and influential critic of harmful IMF austerity policies in countries such as Argentina and Ecuador, where situations became more dire as the pandemic hit.
     
  • Led calls for the US government to immediately lift economic sanctions against Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and other countries to avoid unnecessary deaths and spread of the pandemic.
     
  • Examined the failures of the international community in responding to recent massacres and violent attacks in Haiti. In May, CEPR broke the news that the US was planning to deport convicted former death squad leader, “Toto” Constant, back to Haiti.

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CEPR in the News

Politico, citing CEPR, Progressives Line Up Their Own National Security Recruits for Biden

Marketplace Radio, quoting Dean Baker, Rethinking the US-China Relationship Under the Biden Administration

The Hill, quoting Alex Main, Progressives Push for Key National Security Positions Under Biden

CBS News, quoting Jeff Hauser, Biden Faces Pressure Over Potential Cabinet Picks from Critics on the Left

In These Times, quoting Dean Baker, Pfizer Helped Create the Global Patent Rules. Now it’s Using Them to Undercut Access to the Covid Vaccine.

Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch:

What’s in Haiti’s New National Security Decrees: An Intelligence Agency and an Expanded Definition of Terrorism
By Jake Johnston and Kira Paulemon

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