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.

Friday Twitter Break: Kal Penn Might Be Leaving The White House, And More

by Julianne Hing on April 2 2010, 7:20PM

Your Friday Twitter Break this Good Friday includes plenty of goodies from the Twittersphere, but sadly no Peeps or chocolate eggs. People are talking up the recent jobs numbers, dropping links to important reading material, breaking headlines (Kalpen Modi, White…


Obama Administration Offers Support for UT Austin’s Affirmative Action Policies

by Julianne Hing on April 2 2010, 3:43PM

The Obama Administration filed an amicus brief in support of the University of Texas, Austin, which includes a component that considers race and ethnicity in its admissions decisions. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is currently hearing a case brought…

Topics: Schools & Youth

ICE Caught In A Lie, And Immigration Advocates Demand Accountability

by Julianne Hing on April 1 2010, 4:34PM

In the fallout after this weekend’s WaPo article revealed that ICE enforcement policies included deportation quotas, a practice that ICE had previously denied, groups have rallied together to call for ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton’s firing. The Fair Immigration Reform…

Topics: Immigration

Friday Twitter Break: Unrest and Impatience Over Immigration, And So Much More

by Julianne Hing on March 26 2010, 5:53PM

We’re going to make this one quick today. The Twittersphere is abuzz about health care reform, Sarah Palin and her leather jacket, Obama’s arms control agreement with Russia, and immigration, immigration, immigration. Be sure to follow ColorLines at @racialjustice! Happy…


The Student Aid Reform Victory Is A Win for Students of Color

by Julianne Hing on March 26 2010, 4:55PM

Health care reform became law this week, and young people around the country have many reasons to celebrate. Several of the provisions in the health care bill will directly improve the lives of young people, one of the most uninsured…


BART Cop Involved in Oscar Grant Shooting Fired

by Julianne Hing on March 26 2010, 12:37PM

More than a year after the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant by BART police, BART has fired police officer Marysol Domenici this week for her involvement in Grant’s death on New Year’s Eve 2009 on the Fruitvale BART platform. Domenici…


The Senators’ Bargain: Sobering Lessons From 2007’s Failed Immigration Reform

by Julianne Hing on March 25 2010, 7:01PM

This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country marched on the national mall in Washington, D.C. for comprehensive and just immigration reform. Families were there, the DREAMers were there, politicians and policy makers were there,…


College Students Need Government Aid More Than Sallie Mae Does

by Julianne Hing on March 24 2010, 5:17PM

Visual design: Hatty Lee Check out our past coverage to see what else you can look forward to when SAFRA becomes law. It is expected to pass when the Senate votes later this week on the reconciliation bill, but student…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Crack Sentencing Bill Passes Senate, Offers Lessons in Political Compromises

by Julianne Hing on March 24 2010, 4:51PM

Last week the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would reduce the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin would repeal mandatory sentences for simple possession of cocaine, and bring…

Topics: Criminal Justice

In Race for California Governor, Who Will Alienate Immigrants The Most?

by Julianne Hing on March 22 2010, 9:40PM

Steve Poizner’s ad is set to air in California starting Tuesday. It’s an inflammatory ad, and one that’s presumably meant to put the no-name candidate on the map against his better-known opponents like Meg Whitman. The competition now among…

Topics: Immigration

The Final Tally On Student Aid Reform Marks A Win for Students

by Julianne Hing on March 22 2010, 2:52PM

The quiet news from last night’s historic passage of the health care bill is that student aid reform was also passed alongside it. In the last week, joining student aid reform (initially introduced to Congress and commonly known as SAFRA)…


Friday Twitter Break: Reading Rainbow Is Back, And Immigration Reform Bill Is Here

by Julianne Hing on March 19 2010, 1:44PM

After a brief hiatus, your favorite Friday Twitter Break is back with a roundup of the best of the race talk on the Twittersphere. There’s plenty going down as we speak, and lots happening in D.C. this weekend. Folks in…

Topics: Politics

One in Four Black Men in Kentucky Can’t Vote, But DRA Could Change That

by Julianne Hing on March 18 2010, 4:30PM

Those are the stats from the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, which released its report on the state of Black folks there last month. Kentucky’s got the special distinction as being one of two states that bars people with past…

Topics: Criminal Justice

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