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Karen Dolan
Cities for Peace
Cities for Progress

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

Cities for Peace Cities for Progress

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

Not Much to Celebrate with Obama's Tax Deal
December 27 - It could spell trouble for Social Security. Published in Common Dreams and AlterNet and The (Mountain Home, AR) Baxter Bulletin and The Sidney (MT) Herald.

'Tis The Season For Gay Rights
December 22 - Finally, a long-overdue step forward for civil rights achieved.

Obama's New Christmas Carol: Deck the Halls with Windfalls for the Wealthy
December 8 - A breakdown of what was gained (not much) and what was lost (a lot) in the Obama Tax Compromise.

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