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Karen Dolan
Cities for Peace
Cities for Progress

1112 16th St NW Suite 600
Washington, DC, 20036

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Karen Dolan

Areas of Expertise:
Progressive movement, policymakers
Poverty, economic hardship
Cost of war and militarism at home

Karen Dolan is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Karen holds an M.A. With Highest Distinction in Philosophy and Social Policy from the American University in Washington DC.

Karen joined IPS in 1996. Her public scholarship and activism at IPS has linked community-led organizations with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on anti-poverty issues, local democracy and empowerment, and peace. Karen currently coordinates the Economic Hardship Reporting Project with New York Times Best-Selling Author Barbara Ehrenreich. The project focuses on telling the stories of widespread economic hardship in the United States.

Some of Karen’s publications include: Battered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it; Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq; Foreign Policy Goes Local; and she was a contributor for Mandate for Change. Karen blogs for Huffington Post and regularly appears in other media outlets. Karen serves on the boards of  The Participatory Budgeting Project and Jobs With Justice Worker Rights Board.


Recent Work

Paul Ryan's 2013 Budget Slashes Social Safety Net, Gives Tax Breaks to the Rich
March 20 - Paul Ryan's 2013 budget shows not only that the GOP is wildly out of touch with average Americans, but that they lack the ability to lead us anywhere but off a cliff.

Populism and Pain in Obama's 2013 Budget Proposal
February 14 - Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly from a budget proposal where Obama is letting the 1 percent off rather easy, while the rest of us, especially the poor, shoulder the pain. Published in AlterNet and The Huffington Post.

A Better Way of Measuring Progress in Maryland
January 30 - GDP doesn't measure most of what's necessary for a good life.

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