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.

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

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