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.

May Day 2009 with Kevin Johnson

by Julianne Hing on May 1 2009, 12:01PM

Today we’re asking people around the country one question: How do we talk about immigration reform in a time of economic recession? First up is Kevin Johnson, dean of the UC Davis School of Law, and an international expert on…

Topics: Immigration

Your Community Calendar: May Day Events Happening Near You

by Julianne Hing on April 29 2009, 3:26PM

Welcome to this week’s edition of Your Community Calendar! We’re going to get right into it with a selection of immigrant rights marches and rallies happening around the country this Friday, May 1, which is International Workers’ Day, but…


Obama’s 100-Day Climb Toward Racial Justice

by Julianne Hing on April 28 2009, 12:11PM

Click on the thumbnail above to download our interactive pdf. On January 20th President Obama was handed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, financial meltdown, exploding foreclosures, mass layoffs, healthcare and education in shambles. In some states the unemployment rate…


Will Justice for Angie Also Bring an End to the Trans Panic Defense? [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on April 24 2009, 11:49AM

Please be warned, this is not an easy video to watch. Angie Zapata’s brother, Gonzalo Zapata, flanked by the Zapata family, read a statement yesterday after Angie’s killer, Allen Andrade, was convicted of first degree murder with a hate…


Being Black on Earth Day

by Julianne Hing on April 22 2009, 5:11PM

via The Nation by Melissa Harris-Lacewell There is no doubt that green is the new black. Suburbanites compete to have bigger recycling bins than garbage cans, to grocery shop using canvas bags, and to park hybrid cars in their…

Topics: Environment

Your Community Calendar for the Week of April 22-29

by Julianne Hing on April 22 2009, 3:27PM

We’re kicking off a new weekly feature at RaceWire today with a roundup of the progressive and racial justice-related events happening around the country the next seven days. Actions, community forums, cultural events, conferences, you’ll find all of it here….


Breaking News: Angie Zapata’s Killer Found Guilty of a Hate Crime

by Julianne Hing on April 22 2009, 3:16PM

This is justice. Allen Andrade, 32, was this afternoon found guilty of first degree, bias-motivated murder, identity theft and aggravated motor theft, for killing Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman in Greeley, Colorado last summer. The court case went…


Who’s Really Behind The Tea Bag Protests

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2009, 4:45PM

via Imagine 2050 by Jill Garvey It’s no secret that conservatives have a hard time keeping racism out of their ranks (airwaves), and now it seems it has surfaced in even their grassroots (astro turf) movements. The whole tea…

Topics: Economy

Keeping the DREAM Act Alive [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2009, 9:54AM

Last Friday, students held a rally in support of the federal Dream Act in Detroit. They gathered in front of Western International High School to show their support for the newly reintroduced bill that would allow undocumented high school…

Topics: Immigration

Light a Candle for Angie Zapata

by Julianne Hing on April 14 2009, 3:44PM

The murder trial for Angie Zapata began today. Zapata was just 17 when she was brutally murdered in her Greeley, Colorado apartment last summer after her suspected killer, Allen Andrade, spent the night and found out she was transgender….


Check Out Our Q&A with Andrea Shorter

by Julianne Hing on April 9 2009, 12:53PM

It’s been a big week for gay marriage. The good news started with Iowa last week, then Vermont followed a few days later. Today we have our fingers crossed for D.C and are very excited for New York. California better…


We Are Sick of Not Being Heard [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on April 8 2009, 4:48PM

Lucila DeLoera of Nampa, Idaho, took her 75-year-old mother Maria to a local hospital for knee surgery. But Maria couldn’t understand her nurses and none of them spoke Spanish either. Because of work, Lucila couldn’t be with her mother…

Topics: Health

“Like a Rejection”: Madonna Denied

by Julianne Hing on April 7 2009, 4:12PM

by Deesha Philyaw This post originally appeared at Bitch Magazine’s blog. “If Madonna had to depend on masses of black women to maintain her status as cultural icon she would have been dethroned some time ago.” —bell hooks, “Madonna:…


Witholding Judgment After a Weekend of Shootings

by Julianne Hing on April 6 2009, 2:04PM

After hearing about the Binghamton shooting on Friday, I knew I did not want to turn on the TV all weekend. I didn’t want to sink into a blood-soaked stupor of non-stop updates about the story. And once I…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Racism’s Stinking Up New York City’s Restaurants [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on April 2 2009, 5:45PM

Take a moment and think back to the last time you were at a sit-down restaurant. Who seated you? Who took your order, brought out your food? And who cleared the table and refilled your water? Do these roles…


Lovelle Mixon’s Funeral Too Sad For Tears

by Julianne Hing on April 1 2009, 4:53PM

I know I’m supposed to be in the business of sense-making, but after going to Lovelle Mixon’s funeral yesterday looking for perspective on this tragedy, I feel quite done with trying to speculate and analyze it into a neat…


Oakland Police memorial shrouds roots of tragedy

by Julianne Hing on March 27 2009, 8:30PM

I went to the Oakland Coliseum today for the joint public funeral of the four police officers, Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai, who were killed on Saturday. Early reports put the number of attendees at 20,000….


Health Equity Is About More Than Insurance

by Julianne Hing on March 26 2009, 6:12AM

It was a sweltering July day in the Idaho onion fields, and Froy Martinez, a farm worker from Mexico, had been weeding onions since six that morning. When he stopped for lunch, he unknowingly ingested the pesticides his team…


Alvin Baltrop: A Queer, Black Photographer Refuses to be Forgotten

by Julianne Hing on March 24 2009, 1:26PM

Head on over to to read Osa Atoe’s profile of Alvin Baltrop, an artist who also became a social historian with his photos of life in the 1970’s at the West Side Piers in New York City. Atoe…


Finding the Words for This Tragedy

by Julianne Hing on March 23 2009, 4:33PM

An officer guards the building where Lovelle Mixon and two Oakland police officers were shot and killed. photo credit: Getty Images All day I’ve been sifting through the news reports from the tragic fatal shootings of Lovelle Mixon and…

Topics: Criminal Justice