Julianne Hing

Julianne Hing
Julianne Hing Reporter / Blogger
Oakland, CA

Julianne Hing is a reporter and blogger for covering immigration, education, criminal justice, and occasionally fashion and pop culture. In 2009 Julianne was the recipient of USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism fellowship, which funded a reporting project on the impacts of criminal deportation on immigrant families. She has covered police brutality issues from Oakland to New Orleans and in the summer of 2010 reported for Colorlines from the courtroom where Oscar Grant's killer, BART cop Johannes Mehserle, faced trial. Julianne became politically active in high school, and started organizing students in college around access and affordability issues. She earned her B.A. in social ecology at the University of California, Irvine, where she edited Jaded magazine, named 2007 Publication of the Year by Campus Progress. Julianne’s writing has appeared on AlterNet, Truthout, Hyphen Magazine's blog, The American Prospect's blog TAPPED and Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog at The Atlantic, Racialicious, The Root and New America Media.

Julianne tweets at @juliannehing.

Obama Will Send 1,200 Troops to the Border

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 4:10PM

President Obama plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to bolster border security measures. The troops will be accompanied by an extra $500 million President Obama has promised for border protection and law enforcement work. According…

Topics: Immigration

Feds Charge Fifth New Orleans Cop in Post-Katrina Violence

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 3:39PM

The Department of Justice has charged Ignatius Hills, a fifth New Orleans police officer involved in Danziger Bridge incident, with trying to cover up the actual turn of events that led to the deaths of two men days after Hurricane…

Topics: Katrina

TV Crews Can’t Tag Along for Police Raids, Detroit Mayor Says

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 11:38AM

In the wake of Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ death, Detroit Mayor David Bing said yesterday that television production crews will no longer be allowed to accompany police on raids of homes. A production team with cable network A&E’s “First 48” was following…


Did Seattle Cops, TV Station Try to Keep Tape of Abuse Quiet?

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 10:15AM

The Seattle police department has opened a second internal investigation over reports that members of the Seattle Police Department tried to force a Seattle television station not to run the incriminating video of Gang Unit officers beating up and shouting…


Arizona Gov. Uses Frog Puppet to Convince You SB 1070 Is Okay

by Julianne Hing on May 24 2010, 6:47PM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who signed SB 1070 into law a month ago and is running for re-election, released this video last weekend….


Aid for Haiti Moving Through Senate In Fits and Starts

by Julianne Hing on May 24 2010, 2:14PM

Four months after the earthquake in Haiti, Congress is still debating best practices for how to help the country recover. Tomorrow, the Senate foreign relations panel will consider a bill by Senators John Kerry and Bob Corker that calls $3.5…

Topics: Global Affairs, Politics

U.S. Drug War Sparks Violence in Jamaica

by Julianne Hing on May 24 2010, 1:57PM

The United States’ efforts to extradite an alleged Jamaican drug lord—said by some to be the most powerful man in the country—has set off a firestorm in the Caribbean. Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding declared a state of emergency yesterday…

Topics: Global Affairs

Photos from the Gulf Coast Photo

Photos from the Gulf Coast

by Julianne Hing, Hatty Lee on May 24 2010, 12:00PM

A month after the Deepwater oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, oil is still spewing out at a rate of 210,000 gallons or more a day.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Friday Twitter Break: Talib Kweli Is Headed to Phoenix

Friday Twitter Break: Talib Kweli Is Headed to Phoenix

by Julianne Hing on May 21 2010, 12:36PM

This was the week of Rand Paul—he made headlines for winning a runoff in Kentucky Tuesday and is again in the news. Paul called Obama “un-American” for trying to hold BP accountable for the Gulf Coast oil spill. At least…

Topics: Technology

Gulf Coast Fishermen Face Maze of Barriers

Gulf Coast Fishermen Face Maze of Barriers

by Julianne Hing on May 21 2010, 9:35AM

For the people who live on the coast and make their living on the water in the fishing industry, the recovery period is only just beginning.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Costa Mesa, Calif. Declares Itself The Anti-Sanctuary City

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2010, 4:15PM

The Costa Mesa city council unanimously passed a resolution at the urging of Mayor Allan Mansoor on Tuesday night declaring itself a “rule of law” city that doesn’t condone unlawful immigration. “I have a lot of concerns with cities calling…

Topics: Immigration

How to Make a Boycott Matter Infographic

How to Make a Boycott Matter

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2010, 12:00PM

The outrage over Arizona has provoked a growing number of efforts to make the state pay. But will it? We consider the landscape of boycotts past and present.

Topics: Immigration

Seattle “Face-Stomp” Incident Now a Criminal Case

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2010, 11:14AM

Seattle’s Interim Police Chief John Diaz announced Tuesday that his department’s internal investigation into an April 17 videotaped incident is now a criminal case. A videotaped incident caught two cops beating up and shouting racial profanities at a Latino man…


Mexican Pres. Calderon Arrives In U.S., Slams Arizona Law

by Julianne Hing on May 19 2010, 3:59PM

Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala arrived in the United States today, and Calderon wasted no time getting down to business. In a joint press conference with President Obama at the White House Rose Garden, Calderon raised…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

DREAM Activists Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix Remembered [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 18 2010, 12:11PM

Two DREAM Act activists, Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix, were killed over the weekend in a car accident in Trenton, Maine. Both Felix and Tran grew up in Southern California and graduated from UCLA, where they were active in the…


Good News: Tennessee Kills English-Only Driver’s License Bill

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2010, 4:25PM

Yesterday, a Tennessee House subcommittee effectively stopped a bill that would have limited the languages available to a person taking their driver’s license test. The bill would have allowed residents who show proof of legal residency the option of taking…


Small NY Towns Scared of Spanish, Pass English-Only Laws

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2010, 3:39PM

So they’re not trying to empower local police to enforce federal immigration laws, but more and more localities are inserting themselves in the national debate around immigration by introducing similar and just-as-unconstitutional laws. The NY Times reported yesterday on three…


Chicano Studies Teach “Ethnic Chauvinism,” Says AZ School Chief Tom Horne

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2010, 11:39AM

Arizona’s State School Superintendent Tom Horne took to the airwaves yesterday to defend HB 2281, the law that he wrote that bans ethnic studies classes in Arizona public schools. He and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson duked it out…

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Seattle Cop In Face-Stomp Incident Had History of Police Brutality

by Julianne Hing on May 12 2010, 3:21PM

Seattle Police Department officer Mary Woollum was one of the cops who was filmed on April 17 stomping on an uncuffed, unarmed Latino man while her colleague, Officer Shandy Cobane, kicked the man and shouted racial profanities at him….


Arizona’s Gov. Brewer Signs Ethnic Studies Ban Into Law

by Julianne Hing on May 12 2010, 12:25PM

It’s crazy times in Arizona, and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is going to make sure that no one forgets that. Yesterday, Brewer signed HB 2281 into law, a bill that prohibits schools from teaching classes designed to teach students of…

Topics: Schools & Youth