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.

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

Gulf Coast Fishermen Win Again Against BP’s Unfair Worker Contracts

by Julianne Hing on May 11 2010, 10:04AM

Gulf Coast fishermen won a temporary restraining order in federal court yesterday against BP which will require the company to take responsibility for any chemical exposure fishermen face. Many out-of-work fishermen have signed up to help BP with the…

Topics: Environment

Friday Twitter Break: 69 Babies Named Barack in 2009

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2010, 12:34PM

Today’s edition of your Friday Twitter Break is a hodge podge of news. This is the week that Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad was arrested for his involvement in the botched Times Square bombing, unemployment numbers were up but down at the…


Education Reform Sweeping Across The Country And Under The Radar

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2010, 9:40AM

Education reform doesn’t seem to be getting the national headlines that financial regulation, climate change, and even the perpetually unpopular immigration reform gets. But the move to remake federal education policy is already happening around the country. Colorado is currently…

Topics: Schools & Youth

BREAKING: Minnesota Introduces Its Own Version of AZ’s SB 1070

by Julianne Hing on May 6 2010, 2:10PM

Yesterday, Republican Representative Steve Drazkowski introduced HF 3830, a bill that mirrors Arizona’s recently signed law, SB 1070, that criminalizes undocumented immigrants in the state and empowers law enforcement officers to inquire about the immigration status of people while enforcing…

Topics: Immigration

Charles Barkley Joins Chorus of Black Voices Condemning SB 1070

by Julianne Hing on May 6 2010, 9:10AM

Charles Barkley gave his fans another reason to love him yesterday when he took to the radio to talk about Arizona’s SB 1070. Barkley, an Arizona resident, told radio host Dan Patrick: DP: You’re a resident of Arizona, I’m curious…

Topics: Immigration

Tucson, Flagstaff Will Sue Over SB 1070: “We’re Not Pearce’s Backyard”

by Julianne Hing on May 5 2010, 4:27PM

Last night in separate city council meetings, both city councils of Tucson and Flagstaff, Arizona, voted to bring lawsuits against the state of Arizona over SB 1070, the law that would require that law enforcement investigate people’s immigration status while…


Viva Los Suns: Phoenix Suns Denounce SB 1070 [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 5 2010, 1:52PM

Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver, with the unanimous support of his team, has come out against Arizona’s SB 1070, and they’re going to show it tonight by wearing “Los Suns” jerseys when they play Game 2 of the Western…

Topics: Immigration

BP Exploits Jobless Fishermen

BP Exploits Jobless Fishermen

by Julianne Hing on May 4 2010, 4:01PM

After being pressured in court, BP was forced to retract large portions of an agreement the company forced cleanup volunteers to sign. The agreement would have let the company off the hook if workers were injured.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Supreme Court Rules Doctors Not Liable for Immigrant Detainee’s Death

by Julianne Hing on May 3 2010, 5:48PM

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously this afternoon that the family of Francisco Castaneda, a man who was denied medical care while in immigration detention, cannot sue federal public health officials for damages even though the government admitted that medical malpractice…


Sheriff Arpaio To Announce He’s Running For Governor On Monday

by Julianne Hing on April 30 2010, 9:16PM reports: Several sources confirm to the ABC15 Investigators that Arpaio has already made a decision, and will likely run for the office. In a news conference after this story was first published, the Sheriff said he was still…

Topics: Immigration

AZ Tweaks SB 1070, Now Minimally Less Racist, Still Just As Dangerous

by Julianne Hing on April 30 2010, 7:48PM

The authors of SB 1070 have updated the bill’s language with a couple tiny tweaks that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law this afternoon. Yesterday, three lawsuits were filed against SB 1070, charging that it is an unconstitutional law…

Topics: Immigration

Friday Twitter Break: George Lopez Sounds Off On Arizona

by Julianne Hing on April 30 2010, 5:32PM

What a week. Too bad racism doesn’t take a break. Folks on Twitter are talking about the Gulf oil spill, Belgium’s ban on face-covering veils, and SB 1070. All the madness in Arizona has given George Lopez plenty of material,…


AZ to Teachers: Take Your Accents and Ethnic Studies Outta Here

by Julianne Hing on April 30 2010, 1:38PM

It’s officially turned into hate on Arizona week. But only because they can’t stop giving us more reasons to be angry. The Wall Street Journal reports: The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose…