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.

Oakland’s Memorial T-shirts Give New Meaning to Industry Phrase “Urban Fashion” [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on July 15 2009, 12:40PM

Check out the audio slideshow above with photos by Sean Donnelly. Writes Donnelly for the Oakland Tribune: The R.I.P T-shirts aren’t as prominent for grandfathers passing away from cancer or elderly mothers dying peacefully in their sleep in a…


Debating “Illegal” vs. “Undocumented” in the Media Landscape

by Julianne Hing on July 10 2009, 4:04PM

Words carry weight, hauling behind them unspoken codes, images and histories. And when it comes to how we talk about immigration in this country, the language debate tends to heat up when we talk about people who are in…

Topics: Immigration

Sikh Students Speak Out: “We Want Safe Schools Now!”

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2009, 1:35PM

I’m both excited and a little disheartened to share the latest news from the Sikh Coalition’s New York office. The community org released a new report with findings that show that one year into a 2008 resolution announced by New…

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

Call Your Senator Today: We Deserve More Than Flawed, Unjust E-verify

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2009, 9:32AM

Time to pick up the phone, folks. Senator Jeff Session’s amendment to the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010 (H.R. 2892) would make E-Verify mandatory for all federal contractors is up for a vote today. If implemented, the notoriously…

Topics: Immigration

DREAMer Walter Lara’s Delayed Deportation A Pyrrhic Victory for Immigrant Rights

by Julianne Hing on July 6 2009, 10:36AM

Walter Lara was supposed to spend this July 4th weekend saying his goodbyes to his family in Florida. The 23-year-old Orlando resident’s deportation order was set for today, July 6th. Lara graduated with an associate’s degree in computer animation from…

Topics: Immigration

Spotlight: Mia Nakano

by Julianne Hing on July 1 2009, 12:00PM

Redefining Queer/Asian/Female

Topics: Arts & Culture


by Julianne Hing on June 30 2009, 12:00PM

News to make you doubt your sanity or at least start a petition.



by Julianne Hing on June 30 2009, 12:00PM

The good (and sometimes great) things people of color and their allies made happen.


Terry Keleher in YES! Magazine: Real World Answers to Jump Start Racial Justice

by Julianne Hing on June 18 2009, 12:19PM

We’re five months into Obama’s presidency and racism in its many forms still hasn’t disappeared. That pesky structural racism. Manifesting itself every day in cop killings, hate crimes, the disproportionate effect of the current recession on Blacks and Latinos, racist…


Hope in the Hopelessness of Deportation

by Julianne Hing on June 14 2009, 10:12AM

ColorLines magazine is in Jamaica this week investigating the devastating effect of American deportation policies on families. Check back for more updates soon. We’ve talked with a lot of deportees in Kingston since we arrived earlier this week. Even for…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration

Jamaica Travelogue: Why I Write About Deportation

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2009, 4:21PM

Jorge Rivas, Seth Wessler and I arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday to embark on an investigation into the impact of detention and deportation on families of color. Check back throughout the week for updates from the road. In the year…


When Joining the Force Can’t Protect Black Men from Getting Shot by the Cops

by Julianne Hing on May 29 2009, 3:43PM

Omar Edwards was just 25, a newlywed. He’d been with the NYPD since July of 2007. And last night, he died after he was fatally shot by another cop. Edwards was off-duty and not in uniform. After his shift ended…


Andrea Shorter on the Supreme Irony of Today’s Prop 8 Ruling

by Julianne Hing on May 26 2009, 5:05PM

What a newsday to start off the week. It reminds me of another big day last year that was filled with both joyous and crushing news. You know, November 5, 2008, the morning after Barack Obama won the election and…

Topics: Politics

Time to Wake Up to the Racism in Our Housing Midst

by Julianne Hing on May 19 2009, 1:33PM

Seth’s got an op-ed up over at the Huffington Post about the housing crisis, its historical roots and the people he met around the country while researching for “Race and Recession.” In Detroit, I talked with 55-year-old Sandra Hines,…

Topics: Race and Recession

“Race and Recession” Is Here [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 18 2009, 9:50AM

The report is here. “Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and How to Change the Rules” tells the stories of people of color who have, across the board, been disproportionately affected by the recession. It uncovers the…

Topics: Race and Recession

Why Do Dog Kennels Get More Regulation Than Childcare Centers? [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 14 2009, 11:49AM

Rinku’s got a new post up at the Huffington Post about the findings in “Underprotected, Undersupported: Low Income Children at Risk,” a new report just released by the Applied Research Center that documents the conditions of childcare centers across…


In Oscar Grant Case, Who Doesn’t Want the Oakland DA Gone?

by Julianne Hing on May 14 2009, 10:08AM

The murder case against Johannes Mehserle, the BART cop who shot Oscar Grant to death on a BART platform, is going to pre-trial on Monday. Mehserle’s attorneys want the Oakland District Attorney Tom Orloff cut off from the case…


Enforcement Creates Era of Criminality

by Julianne Hing on May 14 2009, 8:59AM

This is the Weekly Immigration Wire from the Media Consortium for the week of May 7-14, 2009. by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger The Latino/a community has had ample reason to hope that President Obama would take on immigration reform in…

Topics: Immigration

Will Eric Holder Make Good on His Word and Face Race?

by Julianne Hing on May 13 2009, 10:04AM

Between 1983 and 1984, FBI agent Donald Rochon, who was 37 at the time, endured racial bullying and discrimination from his coworkers, the kind of nastiness that would make your every day at work a living hell. From NPR:…


“My Great Recession” - We Want Your Stories

by Julianne Hing on May 12 2009, 5:36PM

Calling all young POC writers, artists, bloggers! Where you at? I was always told that young people my age had it easy growing up in a time of unprecedented material wealth. “You don’t know how good you have it,”…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession