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.

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

Vegan Soul Food

by Julianne Hing on March 20 2009, 12:00PM

A review of Oakland chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry’s latest cookbook

Topics: Arts & Culture

This Is What Food Justice Looks Like

by Julianne Hing on March 20 2009, 11:47AM

A collaboration between artist Favianna Rodriguez and Bryant Terry, author of Vegan Soul Kitchen. Click to enlarge. I’ve got food on the mind. First Lady Michelle Obama (I will never, ever get tired of saying those words) began digging…


The War on Terror Fuels Racial Bullying

by Julianne Hing on March 17 2009, 12:00PM

Community advocates demand policy changes as Sikh kids face more violence.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Wrong Then, Wrong Now? [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on March 17 2009, 9:01AM

Today’s debate about immigration is nothing new - the same themes, even the same statements - are echoes of debates going back to our nation’s founding. This video, produced by NWFCO, recalls some of that past, and questions whether…

Topics: Immigration

Join Us Today the Race and Immigration Call

by Julianne Hing on March 17 2009, 8:59AM

Today’s call, the fourth in our series of Compact for Racial Justice Phone Forums, focuses on race and immigration. It’s not too late to RSVP to join us today at 1pm PST/4pm EST. And be sure to check out…

Topics: Immigration

Spotlight: Kamau Bell

by Julianne Hing on March 10 2009, 12:00PM

Comedy to end racism in an hour

Topics: Arts & Culture

A Fragile Union: Beyond Prop 8

by Julianne Hing on March 5 2009, 11:20AM

I stopped by the California Supreme Court in San Francisco today to see if I could get in to the hearing where justices today are hearing arguments on whether to overturn Prop 8. It was a no go; crowds…

Topics: ColorLines Features

Immigrant Advocates Want Action from Obama

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2009, 5:20PM

Photo by PaisleyPitbull Over eight thousand people gathered in Phoenix this weekend to demand an end to the raids, mass detention and deportation of thousands of immigrants that have swept across the country. The demonstration was touted as a…

Topics: Immigration

Check out Vijay Prashad’s review of The Breakthrough

by Julianne Hing on March 2 2009, 4:09PM

The Breakthrough began its public life as a putative scandal during the 2008 presidential campaign. John McCain’s cadaverous team tried to suggest that PBS journalist Gwen Ifill could not be neutral in the debate between Republican Sarah Palin and…


Rants and Raves

by Julianne Hing on March 2 2009, 12:00PM

Reading between the headlines