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.

Oscar Grant Jurors Asked, Can You Overlook Race?

Oscar Grant Jurors Asked, Can You Overlook Race?

by Julianne Hing on June 4 2010, 9:53AM

A selection of 200 potential jurors for the trial of former BART officer Johannes Mehserle were interviewed for this week and asked to fill out a 14-page survey asking them about their attitudes on race and police.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Jan Brewer, Obama Have A “Cordial” Chat About SB1070

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 4:23PM

UPDATE 6:30pm ET In her post-meeting press conference, Jan Brewer commented on the ongoing boycott efforts against Arizona. “At this point in time, I don’t think we have felt any of that impact,” she said. Not according to Phoenix Mayor…

Topics: Immigration

Even Border Patrol Says: Talk of Border Violence Overblown

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 12:00PM

You wouldn’t know it from the way Republicans like Senator John McCain and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer talk about the U.S.-Mexico border, but the region is not the lawless, violence-ridden land it’s portrayed to be. At least not according to…

Topics: Immigration

Jan Brewer’s Daddy Died Fighting Nazis…Ten Years After WWII Ended

by Julianne Hing on June 3 2010, 10:18AM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who will be meeting with President Obama today in Washington, D.C. to discuss immigration issues in her state, was caught in a little lie yesterday. Brewer, who was obviously speaking from the heart, told a reporter…

Topics: Immigration

BP Lawyers-Up as DOJ Announces Criminal Probe

BP Lawyers-Up as DOJ Announces Criminal Probe

by Julianne Hing on June 2 2010, 3:49PM

Eric Holder announces that the Department of Justice is opening a criminal probe into BP’s oil spill disaster—and NYT says BP’s got mobs of connected lawyers.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

BP Threatens to Fire Workers Who Use Their Own Safety Gear

BP Threatens to Fire Workers Who Use Their Own Safety Gear

by Julianne Hing on June 2 2010, 12:07PM

Workers report being threatened with pink slips if they use safety equipment that doesn’t come from BP. Problem is, BP still hasn’t provided any safety equipment.

Topics: Environment

Los Angeles County Joins Arizona Boycott

by Julianne Hing on June 2 2010, 10:42AM

Last night, the Los Angeles County board of supervisors voted 3-2 to boycott the state of Arizona. The county has $26 million worth of contracts with the state right now and promised not to enter into new contracts and review…

Topics: Immigration

Supreme Court on Miranda: Suspects Must Speak Up to Stay Quiet

by Julianne Hing on June 1 2010, 4:45PM

The Supreme Court issued a decision today that a criminal suspect must explicitly tell the law enforcement officers they are going to invoke their Miranda rights during a police investigation. If they speak up to say anything else, police…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Oscar Grant Murder Trial Kicks Off In L.A.

Oscar Grant Murder Trial Kicks Off In L.A.

by Julianne Hing on June 1 2010, 1:10PM

It’s been exactly a year and a half since Oscar Grant was shot in the back while he lay face down on a train platform by former BART cop Johannes Mehserle. Today, Mehserle faces his last pre-trial hearing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Oscar Grant Trial

Education's Race to the Top Infographic

Education’s Race to the Top

by Julianne Hing on June 1 2010, 12:00PM

With schools in crisis nationwide, states scramble to apply for Obama’s controversial education grants program.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Join The Day of Action Against SB1070 Tomorrow In Phoenix

by Julianne Hing on May 28 2010, 7:18PM

Tomorrow in Phoenix, tens of thousands will be meeting at Steele Indian School Park at 8AM for a pre-rally and performances before starting a six-mile march (at 10AM, for the sleepyheads) south past the Wells Fargo bank, the federal…

Topics: Immigration

Marcelo Lucero’s Teen Killer Gets 25 Years In Prison

by Julianne Hing on May 27 2010, 9:52AM

Jeffrey Conroy, the 19-year-old Long Island teen convicted of murdering Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero in 2008, received 25 years in prison yesterday, the maximum sentence for his crimes. Last month Conroy was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and gang assault…


BP Cleanup Workers Getting Sick After Exposure to Oil, Chemicals

by Julianne Hing on May 26 2010, 3:39PM

Workers who are cleaning up the shores and waters of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster are reporting sickness and side effects after their shifts. The LA Times reported that workers have been hit with…


U.S. Brings Drug War to Jamaica, Death Toll Up to 50

by Julianne Hing on May 26 2010, 10:58AM

Police patrol the streets outside the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens in Kingston. REUTERS/Andrew P. Smith Efforts to extradite an alleged Jamaican drug lord to the United States have led to a violent standoff between civilians and armed forces in…

Topics: Global Affairs

Buy Chips And Beer Elsewhere: 4 Companies to Avoid

Buy Chips And Beer Elsewhere: 4 Companies to Avoid

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 5:35PM

Arizona boycott organizers are going to start targeting specific companies whose owners have “contributed to hate in Arizona.”

Topics: Immigration

Alicia Keys Tackles Race, Sort Of, In “Unthinkable” Video

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2010, 5:01PM

See Alicia grapple with race and love and family and community disapproval in many eras, with many friends and with several white boy admirers….


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…