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.

45 Detroit Schools to Close: Where Have All The Students Gone?

by Julianne Hing on March 17 2010, 4:49PM

This morning Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb announced a new plan to stem the hemorrhaging of Detroit’s public school system by closing 45 of the district’s 179 schools. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Detroit was forced…


Obama’s No Child Left Behind: New Name, Same Sketchy Policies

by Julianne Hing on March 16 2010, 4:37PM

This past Saturday the Obama administration released its plan for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which is hereafter to be referred to by its new—well, make that old—name as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. ESEA was originally…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Tiny Victories: Target Makes Commercials That Don’t Make Asian Americans Cringe

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2010, 5:34PM

Hey, it ain’t much, but for Asian Americans used to being sidelined, rendered invisible, or used as the punchline of comedians’ jokes, it’s certainly refreshing. I am so used to bracing myself for lame, offensive racial humor whenever I…


Community College Funds, Pell Grants Getting Cut In Last Days of Student Loan Reform Fight

by Julianne Hing on March 15 2010, 3:30PM

In the span of a week, the student loan reform bill (commonly known as SAFRA) was alive, then nearly killed, and then quickly revived. Credit’s being given to folks around the country who jammed their senators’ phone lines and put…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Arne Duncan to Investigate Civil Rights Failures in Schools

by Julianne Hing on March 12 2010, 2:42PM

On Monday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave a speech in Selma, Alabama—to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday—announcing that the civil rights division of the Department of Education is going to start investigating civil rights transgressions in…


Democrats Who Oppose Student Loan Reform Love Banks More Than They Care About Students

by Julianne Hing on March 11 2010, 11:15AM

Time’s running out for student loan reform, and it’s being held up by Democrats in Congress. CBS is reporting that some nine senators currently oppose SAFRA, the student loan reform bill that would replace government subsidies of private (and predatory)…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Immigration Reform in 2010? Here’s What’s on The Table Right Now.

by Julianne Hing on March 10 2010, 10:01AM

President Obama hasn’t abandoned immigration reform, mostly because immigration rights advocates won’t let him forget about the promises he made. We’ve been hearing whispers and murmurs about talks that President Obama has had with lead immigration bill authors Senators Chuck…

Topics: Immigration

It’s Official: Women of Color Feel Impact of Racial Wealth Gap The Worst

by Julianne Hing on March 9 2010, 1:23PM

Click to enlarge. It always helps to have research to confirm what you already know about racial inequity in America. But occasionally, even when the news is not new, the findings turn out to be appallingly dire, shocking even…

Topics: Economy

Californians Take to The Streets, Protest Budget Cuts, Tuition Hikes

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2010, 12:37PM

Actions are taking place everywhere today, on college campuses, school playgrounds and public squares all across the state and country. Here are some photos from actions this morning and protests happening right now in California as students, parents and educators…


How Exactly Does A Lasso Turn Into A Noose? And Other Thoughts On UC Campus Racism

by Julianne Hing on March 2 2010, 12:38PM

The student who left a noose hanging in the UCSD campus library came forward last week and has since been suspended. Yesterday, she apologized in a statement published by The Guardian, UCSD’s student newspaper. In her words: I found a…


Friday Twitter Break: Obama’s Healthcare Summit Smackdown

by Julianne Hing on February 26 2010, 3:05PM

There’s plenty of fresh news burning up Twitter right now: New York Governor David Paterson’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election—though people hardly seem surprised, and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers’ announcement that she’s stepping down, a legitimate surprise….

Topics: News Items

Noose Found in UCSD Library, And The Compton Cookout Fallout Continues

by Julianne Hing on February 26 2010, 11:15AM

The news we’re hearing out of UCSD has become increasingly disturbing. Last night around midnight students alerted administrators when a noose was found hanging in UCSD’s Geisel Library. The video above was taken this morning at a protest organized…


Varick Is Closing, But That’s Not The Answer to Our Broken Detention System

by Julianne Hing on February 25 2010, 11:20AM

The Varick Federal Detention Facility is days away from closure, and this should be good news. But immigration advocates and activists gathered today in New York City to demand that ICE evaluate policies that mandate that immigrants must be held…

Topics: Immigration

How Do We Talk About Police Brutality When The Cops Aren’t White?

by Julianne Hing on February 23 2010, 12:40PM

Yesterday, the verdict in the trial involving three New York police officers accused of abusing a young man of color was announced. Without even knowing the particulars of the case—say, for instance, that one of the police officers in question…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Blacks and Latinos Were Targeted with Subprime Mortgages, Keep Getting Shut Out of Recovery

by Julianne Hing on February 19 2010, 3:52PM

Today, President Obama announced a new plan to help five states fight through the ongoing impacts of the foreclosure crisis. I’m going to hold off on judging this new initiative, but the help has never been more urgent. Obama’s announcement…

Topics: Economy

Friday Twitter Break: Trying (And Failing) To Not Talk About Tiger Woods

by Julianne Hing on February 19 2010, 11:36AM

It’s Friday, time to catch up with our friends on Twitter and check in with the chatter around the web. Everyone’s trying—but apparently not hard enough!—to not give Tiger Woods and his public apology this morning any more airtime than…


College “Ghetto-Themed” Parties: The Awful, Racist Idea That Just Won’t Die

by Julianne Hing on February 18 2010, 3:15PM

You stay in this world long enough and you’ll reach the point where news can be shocking, but it fails to surprise you anymore. And so it is with the latest from the University of California, San Diego, and…


Greensboro: Closer to the Truth Screening Tonight in Oakland

by Julianne Hing on February 18 2010, 11:48AM

Tonight in Oakland, our friends at Youth Together are screening Greensboro: Closer to the Truth at 6pm at the First Congregational Church of Oakland (at 2501 Harrison Street). It’s part of a larger project to initiate conversations in six…


Fireworks Over Queer Groups’ Participation in Lunar New Year Parade

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 4:08PM

Tomorrow, February 13, 2010, a contingent of Vietnamese American LGBTQ groups will participate in the Westminster’s Tet Parade and Lunar New Year festival for the very first time. (Westminster, in Southern California’s Orange County, is home to the largest Vietnamese…

Topics: Media

Friday Twitter Break: There’s Plenty More Than John Mayer To Dish About

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 11:14AM

It’s Friday! And our friends on Twitter have plenty on their minds. John Mayer’s racist comments about Black women (and a whole lot more) got him into trouble all over the blogosphere earlier this week. And even if it resulted…