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Electoral Uncertainty in Ecuador Following Candidate’s Assassination

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White preferences persist in employment, maintaining the Black-White employment gap. A o CEPR 2 CEPR NEWS FOR AUGUST 11, 2023 ASSASSINATION ROCKS ECUADOR’S UPCOMING ELECTIONS alt_text At around 6:20 p.m. on August 9, presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated by a number of assailants as he was leaving a campaign event in Quito. Police killed one of the assassins moments after in an exchange of gunfire, and have launched raids and arrested six people in connection with the killing. Investigations have only just begun, but already there are accusations of collusion between criminal organizations and elements of Ecuador’s security apparatus in the assassination. Villavicencio was running in the snap elections in Ecuador on August 20 that will decide the country’s next president and a new legislature, and was among eight presidential candidates to have been officially certified. Polls had given Luisa González of the Revolución Ciudadana (RC) party “a commanding lead in the first round, [but] they differ significantly on the runner-up, suggesting a tight race for second place,” Pedro Labayen Herrera writes in CEPR’s latest Ecuador News Round-up. The election will be decided in the first round if a candidate receives 50 percent of the valid vote, or 40 percent and a 10-point margin over the next runner-up. Prior to the assassination, polls showed González within range of a first-round victory, but now her supporters are concerned by baseless insinuations from some political figures attempting to link the RC to the murder. Read the round-up for more, and subscribe to the round-up here. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “FOR THE SAKE OF OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT, IF ONE HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BEING A WHITE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT OR A RANDOM BLACK PERSON, THE CORRECT CHOICE WOULD BE TO BE A WHITE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT.” There remains a consistent superior outcome for white people over similar Black people when it comes to employment. In a new report, Algernon Austin analyzes the bias against Black people and preference for white people among employers in a wide range of categories. After drawing out several stunning takeaways, such as a doubled unemployment rate for Black teens over white teens, Austin suggests three necessary policy interventions to close the employment gap and ensure the US can deliver on its promises of equal opportunity for all. ⸻ For our monthly Data Byte, Hayley Brown explored the effect of right-to-work laws on union membership and power. ‘While right-to-work may not always be a direct driver of union contraction,” says Brown, “the anti-labor message it sends must be taken seriously.” Her article includes legislative suggestions and interactive data graphics. ⸻ Next Wednesday, join us for the third in a four-part series of virtual panel discussions for CEPR’s Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. If you missed the first webinar, featuring a fantastic group of speakers whose work has long been steeped in issues of racial justice, you can watch it here.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Know someone who would want to work at what The Washington Post calls one “of the most prominent think tanks on the left?” CEPR has an opening for a new Senior Research Associate, and openings for internships for Fall 2023 ! See details and how to apply here. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “I HOPE THIS DELEGATION WILL HELP PRESENT A NEW FACE TO THE HEMISPHERE, ONE BASED ON ENGAGEMENT FOR THE SAKE OF PEOPLE AND PLANET” CEPR is sponsoring a congressional delegation to South America this month. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Greg Casar (D-TX), and Maxwell Frost (D-FL) will be joined by Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) chief of staff Misty Rebik in traveling to Brazil, Chile, and Colombia for high-level meetings with government officials, legislators, civil society representatives, and others, focused on democracy, the environment, and peace. The delegation comes ahead of the 200th anniversary of Monroe Doctrine this December, and ahead of the 50th anniversary of the US-supported coup d’etat in Chile on September 11. “It’s long past time for a realignment of the United States’ relationship to Latin America,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Los Angeles Times. “The U.S. needs to publicly acknowledge the harms we’ve committed through interventionist and extractive policies, and chart a new course based on trust and mutual respect.” ⸻ Momentum is building to send a foreign armed intervention force to Haiti in response to rampant violence and gang control of urban areas, Chris François and Jake Johnston write in CEPR’s latest Haiti News Round-up. “Kenya’s foreign minister Alfred Mutua expressed his country’s intention to lead a multinational force in Haiti — a contingent of 1,000 police officers to ‘help train and assist Haitian police,’” they write. The US government has been urging other countries to consider leading such a force, despite opposition to foreign intervention from various civil society groups in Haiti, which they see as likely to prop up Haiti’s unelected, de facto authorities. Meanwhile, even as the US ordered evacuation of its embassy in Port-au-Prince and issued a “do not travel” notice for Haiti, it continued to deport dozens of Haitians back to their home country. ⸻ CEPR’s latest Sanctions Watch bulletin includes the House of Representatives passing an amendment that would block future sanctions relief for Afghanistan; EU and Latin American leaders condemning the Cuba embargo as sanctions fuel Havana water shortages; a new report finding Iran sanctions hurt everyday people; activists calling for a peace agreement and sanctions relief for North Korea; the Black Sea grain deal collapsing due in part to Russia sanctions overcompliance; post-earthquake sanctions exemptions for Syria set to expire without Biden administration action; Caribbean leaders calling on the US to lift Venezuela sanctions; The New York Times Editorial Board critiquing US overreliance on sanctions, and more. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CEPR IN THE NEWS The New York Times, citing CEPR, Jobs Sit Empty in the Public Sector, So Unions Help Recruit El País, citing CEPR, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Set to Tour Latin America With a Group of Congressional Democrats Capital B News, quoting Algernon Austin, In a Push for Race-Neutral Policies, Black Americans Will Be Left Behind, Experts Fear Responsible Statecraft, quoting Jake Johnston, UN Closer to Approving Armed Intervention to Secure Haiti The Washington Post, quoting Dean Baker, White House to Unveil Wage Rule for Federal Projects, in Win for Unions Truthdig, quoting Francisco Amsler, Argentina, the Vulture and the Justice ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BEAT THE PRESS  to Dean Baker's commentary on economic reporting on Patreon to support Dean's work and for early access to special content. 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