Karen Dolan

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Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan is Fellow with the Cities for Peace Fellow Cities for Progress at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Karen Dolan joined IPS in 1996. Her public scholarship and activism at IPS have included organizing the Cities for Peace movement and the Cities for Progress project. These link community-led organizations with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on "local democracy/empowerment, peace and economic equality".[1]

Karen Dolan is Sage Grace Dolan-Sandrino's mother.


Some of Karen Dolan’s publications include: Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq, Unleash Democracy in Mandate for Change, and Foreign Policy Goes Local. She also appears in print and broadcast media.[2]


Karen serves on the boards of: the Liberty Tree Foundation, The Backbone Campaign, and the Jobs with Justice Worker Rights Board. She sits on several steering committees including the Bring the Guard Home Now and the D.C. Human Rights City project.[3]


Karen Dolan holds an M.A. With Highest Distinction in Philosophy and Social Policy from the American University in Washington D.C.[4]

Progressive Challenge

In 1998 Karen Dolan[5]was a contact for the Progressive Challenge.

"Back to Basics"


Speakers at the October 1998 Back to Basics Conference in Chicago included;

Public Plenary Session, Sen. Paul Wellstone, Rep. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Quentin Young, Barbara Dudley, Master of Ceremonies: Jim Hightower

16 Working Panels;

Progressive State of the Union Address, 1999

January 19, 1999, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Institute for Policy Studies, talked about issues that they are planning to address in the upcoming year, at the Progressive State of the Union Address. Some of the issues they intend to address are poverty in the United States, national defense, the global economy, Medicare, and education. Rep. Conyers stated that the House disregarded the views the majority of the American people when the House impeached the president.

Speakers were Tammy Baldwin [D] Wisconsin, John Cavanagh Co-Director Institute for Policy Studies, John Conyers, [D] Michigan, Peter DeFazio [D] Oregon, Karen Dolan, Coordinator Institute for Policy Studies, Earl Hilliard, [D] Alabama, Maurice Hinchey, [D] New York, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, [D] Ohio, Barbara Lee, [D] California, Jerrold Nadler, [D] New York, Grace Napolitano, [D] California, Major Owens, [D] New York, Bernie Sanders, [I] Vermont, Jan Schakowsky, [D] Illinois.[8]

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Karen Dolan of Cities for Peace, WDC signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[9]

"Progressive Maryland" event, Silver Spring


Tues. Sept 20, 2011, Progressive Maryland, convened a "Take Back the Budget Debate", Silver Spring Civic Center, Ellsworth and Veterans Place, Silver Spring

Turn Your Anger to Action on the Economy and Federal Budget - Come, spread the word, and bring everyone you can!

Panel speakers included : US Rep. Donna Edwards, MD State Senators Roger Manno and Jamie Raskin, Center for American Progress Senior Economist Heather Boushey, and Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Karen Dolan. Moderated by Progressive Maryland Board President and NAACP’s Elbridge James.[10]

"Progressive Maryland" event

On Monday Nov. 7, 2011, Progressive Maryland, convened a "Shift the Budget Debate", at Prince George's Town Hall in Largo.

Panel speakers include : US Rep. Donna Edwards, MD State Senator Paul Pinsky, Delegate Aisha Braveboy, Institute for Policy Studies fellow Karen Dolan, activist and former state senator David Harrington (moderator), Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Fund Our Communities coordinator Jean Athey.

Progressive Maryland is a member of Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home,* a Maryland Coalition affiliated with the New Priorities Network, and co-sponsor of the Town Hall event . Please join us for this critical opportunity to share ideas and address the disgraceful federal debt deal, unending wars, and political outrages of recent years.

Following the speakers above will be audience Q&A, then breakout groups to strategize and plan action to help fix the crisis of priorities in Washington and Annapolis and demand policies that are right, fair and just.

Please mark your calendar Nov. 7, invite everyone you know, and join our impressive panelists (above), and myself. You'll be glad you did.

PM Board President is Elbridge James.[11]