Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and directs the Criminalization of Poverty project there. She is author of "The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty." Follow her on Twitter: @karendolan

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Customers and cashiers at a Publix supermarket in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
A Winning Strategy for Joe Biden: Raise the Wage and Tax the Rich
President-elect Joe Biden is taking office in a deeply divided country—a point dramatically brought home by the violence President Donald Trump invited into the Capitol on Wednesday. Biden has promised to bring a divided electorate together. Is this even possible? Social divisions may take a...
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A waitress wearing a mask and gloves disinfects a table in a restaurant in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 08, 2020
This Is an Emergency: Americans Need Relief, and Trump Is Standing in the Way
Is Donald Trump’s medication making him delirious? How else could we explain his abrupt decision to stop the Democrats from helping him lift the economy and distribute millions of dollars to desperate voters and small businesses just before election day? When Trump called off negotiations on a new...
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It may come as a surprise to some that, until now, the federal government allowed employment discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Fight for Equality Just Won a Huge Victory
This moment in our nation’s history is marked by pain and uprising. Infections and deaths from the coronavirus are occurring at heartbreaking rates. Cities and small towns are on fire, figuratively and literally, as police brutality against black people has finally reached a tipping point. Black...
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Saturday, September 07, 2019
US Kids Shouldn't Go to School Hungry
Nearly half of America's children live in low-income and poor families, and the majority of public school students qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs. Nearly 30 million children—more than the population of Texas — benefit from the National School Lunch Program. In low-income households,...
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Sunday, September 01, 2019
Our Kids Shouldn't Go to School Hungry
Nearly half of America's children live in low-income and poor families, and the majority of public school students qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs. Nearly 30 million children—more than the population of Texas—benefit from the National School Lunch Program.
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Then came the Trump administration—and the equality that she and so many had fought for was cruelly ripped away. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, May 06, 2019
All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Equality for My Child
What mother on earth doesn’t want equality and health for her child? I certainly do. I gave birth nearly two decades ago to a healthy, beautiful, intelligent child, who cried more than I thought she would and whose tutu-wearing terrible twos persisted into her tiara-wearing terrible threes. This...
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A 2015 viral video showed an armed officer in South Carolina bodyslamming a teenage girl. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Getting Real About School Safety
Can we get real about school safety? Since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there have been at least 239 school shootings in the United States. 438 people were shot and injured in these shootings, and 138 people were killed. On Valentine’s Day of this year, 14 high...
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Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Worst Thing About Sessions? Everything We Already Knew.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in hot water following revelations that he met twice with Russia’s U.S. ambassador when he was a surrogate for the Trump campaign — and then lied about it to Congress. Many of his critics are now calling for his resignation. The contents of Sessions’ talks with the...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Gender Explained: How the Obama Administration Is Getting It Right on Gender Identity
The U.S. government is officially suing the state of North Carolina over its controversial, discriminatory “ bathroom bill ,” which bars transgender residents from using public restrooms appropriate to their gender identity. In announcing the lawsuit, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave a...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
It's Time to Get Cops Out of Schools
I’m still shaking from watching the recently released video of a white, uniformed police officer violently body-slamming a 12-year-old Latina girl face-first into a brick walkway. You can hear a “crack” when her face slams into the brick. The child was reportedly talking with another student when...
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