Stories by Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and directs the Criminalization of Poverty project there. She also is a member of the team at the Economic Hardship Reporting project. Her latest publication is Mothers at the Gate: How a Powerful Family Movement is Transforming the Juvenile Justice System. subscribe to Karen Dolan's feed

Posted on: May 17, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The Obama White House says discriminating against transgender people is a violation of their civil rights.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2016, Source: Institute for Policy Studies

There’s only one way to make sure no more young people are body-slammed by uniformed officers.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2015, Source: Institute for Policy Studies

The criminalization of black children starts almost the moment that child leaves her mother’s door.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Bring on the Pope-A-Palooza, but bring with it a serious effort.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2015, Source: AlterNet

What makes us feel like and identify as a certain gender or genders is in our brain, not between our legs.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We've created a perfect storm of poverty, fear, social control and racially charged policing.

Posted on: May 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Despite being the richest country in the world, our poverty rate is one of the highest among highly developed nations.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2012, Source: Institute for Policy Studies

The Obama budget is as much a campaign statement as it is a blueprint for where and how to spend -- or not to spend. And he's letting the 1 percent off easy.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The “Super-Committee” failed to reach an agreement that would have imposed real hardship on the vast majority of those of us already struggling in a bad economy.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2011, Source: AlterNet

It seems that conservatives only support public spending on executions and corporate welfare.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

From start to finish, this budget is a smoke screen obscuring a dangerous far-right agenda.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2010, Source: Institute for Policy Studies

We'll get no stimulative boost to the economy, but it sure will help some dynasties from dying.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Beck can scapegoat all he wants, but the Institute for Policy Studies and other independent organizations will continue to fight the good fight.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Like the levees in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the safety net is failing Americans battered by the 'Great Recession' of 2008-2009.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2009, Source: Institute for Policy Studies

Single-payer and public option advocates are fighting each other. We must remember that we're on the same side.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2008, Source: AlterNet

I wholly believe in educating my child about contraception. But given that he is 7, I could have waited a few years for that particular talk.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Thirty-two U.S. mayors have signed a resolution saying "No" to invading Iran. Will the federal government listen?

Posted on: Feb 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The wisdom from Main Street U.S.A. continues to be vastly better than the "intelligence" propagated by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

As frustration with the status quo in Washington rises, people are turning to local governments for action.