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.

Made in LA Coming to a TV Station Near You Next Week [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on August 10 2009, 11:46AM

The documentary Made in LA is having an encore presentation on PBS stations in 70 cities next Tuesday, August 11. The film follows three women, Lupe Hernandez, Maura Colorado and Maria Pineda, who are garment workers in LA as they…


¡Felicidades, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor!

by Julianne Hing on August 6 2009, 11:45AM

Congratulations, Sonia! Everyone here at RaceWire is so excited for you. It was a 68-31 vote; we’ll go after those folks later. For now, it is time to celebrate your nomination as the 111th Supreme Court Justice. We can’t…


RaceWire at the American Sociological Association’s 2009 Conference

by Julianne Hing on August 6 2009, 9:32AM

So it’s not Comic-con. And it’s not Netroots either—if you’re in Pittsburgh, be sure to swing by to say hi to Rinku next week!. It’s the American Sociological Association’s 2009 gathering in San Francisco, happening Friday, August 7 through Tuesday,…


You, Too, Can Have Your Own Kenyan Birth Certificate [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on August 5 2009, 1:13PM

Don’t let those endlessly creative Birthers have all the fun with forged birth certificates. Get yours by going to the Kenyan birth certificate generator! Don’t know which Kenyan district you were supposedly born in? Mosey on over to Wikipedia…


Daisy at the CS Monitor: On the Road, Asking the Hard Questions about Race

by Julianne Hing on August 3 2009, 7:00AM

Earlier last week the Christian Science Monitor asked Daisy if she’d share an experience from her own life that challenged her to assess her views on race. Check it out here: The Courage to Ask Tough Questions Last year, I…


When the ID You Got Just Ain’t Enough

by Julianne Hing on July 30 2009, 1:11PM

Reprinted with the permission of August J. Pollak….


Ending Racism in an Hour: Kamau Bell in Oakland This Weekend [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on July 29 2009, 11:33AM

East Bay! If you don’t have plans this weekend, I suggest you schedule in a night at W. Kamau Bell’s show at the La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. We profiled Kamau in an Artist Spotlight for ColorLines earlier this…


Dom on NPR: “Through Gates: Expanding Our Discussion Of Race”

by Julianne Hing on July 24 2009, 12:16PM

Dom argues, over at NPR, that we need to focus not on intentions—“How dare you call me racist? I stand up against racism, I love diversity!—and instead should instead focus on the actual outcomes of actions, be they from individual…


CA Apologizes to Chinese for Racist Treatment, What Would My Grandparents Say?

by Julianne Hing on July 22 2009, 2:51PM

Got word via Angry Asian Man that the California legislature apologized last week for racist laws targeted at Chinese Americans. We’re talking about a big, fat “Oopsies!” for, most notably, the Chinese Exclusion Act, but also anti-miscegenation laws, laws barring…


Navajo Nation Takes the Lead with Green Jobs Legislation

by Julianne Hing on July 22 2009, 9:42AM

Great news from Jeff Biggers at Common Dreams: The bounty of green job dreams is one step toward becoming a reality on the Dinetah-Navajo Nation. Thanks to the indefatigable work of the Navajo Green Economy Coalition and Navajo Nation…


Food Inc. Shines a Light on the Immigrant Labor That Makes That 99c Patty Melt Possible [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on July 17 2009, 4:26PM

I caught a screening of a new documentary called Food, Inc. last night and was impressed that the filmmakers went where so many refuse to go when it comes to criticizing the food industry. The movie talked about the…


The NAACP at 100: Separate but Equal, the Sequel

by Julianne Hing on July 17 2009, 11:46AM

Kai Wright over at The Root discussing Ben Jealous’s debut at this year’s NAACP 100th Anniversary, gets straight to the point. The NAACP may be struggling to define its role in 2009, but when it comes to articulating the…


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.