Free, Link Economies and Moving From Politics to Emotion

October 18th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This was originally posted on the Local Fourth blog as part of my participation in a community media innovation project at the Medill School of Journalism. One aspect of spending so much time working on this project in Evanston is eating at a lot of Evanston restaurants. Today, the project coders went to Bat 17, […]

Asian-American groups weigh in on state redistricting process

April 16th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Asian-American groups are pleased with Illinois Senate approval of a constitutional amendment to change a redistricting process that has split the community’s political power. But they haven’t stopped their advocacy yet. Group representatives had testified Monday in Springfield  before the State Senate Redistricting Committee, which  passed the proposed measure Monday, and the full Senate approved […]

Holla at your representatives that you don’t want to fund abstinence-only sex ed.

March 11th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Act at This is what I wrote: I am very concerned about the safety, health, and happiness of youth in Indiana and across the nation.  So, I am writing to ask you to end funding for ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs including: * Title V Abstinence Education program, Section 510 of the Social Security Act […]

Asian Americans Reluctant to Stand Up for Immigration Issues

December 4th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From Asian Americans Reluctant to Stand Up for Immigration Issues: NEW YORK – The Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently released a study showing that many Asian Americans pay close attention to immigration issues but few of them are willing to stand up and do advocacy work. According to […]

Voting and CommUNITY

October 29th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

From Georgia early voting: Prada wearers, discount devotees together: There, overlooking an Office Depot and, in the distance, a Wendy?s and a McDonald?s, an anymore rare public coming together of the classes has been congregating on recent weekdays to exercise an all-American right: the right to stand in line. Voters decked out in everything from […]

Republican environmental policy

October 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m as sick of snarky partisanship as much as the next guy, but couldn’t help but share this flyer for Indiana Republican candidate Mike Sodrel that I found stapled to a tree on the IU campus.  I think the tree will survive, but it just seemed crass to me somehow.  Still it wasn’t quite as […]

U.S. “legal” immigration explained in flowchart

September 25th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

It’s dangerous to oversimplify what are ultimately complicated policy issues, like immigration, not to mention the huge variety of experience that immigrants face, but most of the public debate on this, and many other issues, seems founded on information, that, even at a basic level is pretty misinformed.  This diagram about different pathways to legal […]

race and the election

September 12th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I heard this awesome piece, Does Race Matter In ’08? The View From York, Pa., on NPR yesterday afternoon and I want to write more about it, but don’ have time right now.  Still, I wanted to through it out there because I think the people profiled say some very awesome and very scary things, […]


September 2nd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

Reported from the Defiance, Ohio site: Two nights ago, at our show in Bloomington, I talked about why I’m voting in this election and why I’m frustrated that many of my punk and activist friends feel like not voting somehow changes all the things that are wrong in our world and all the things that […]

MED on Obama, Rev. Jeremiah Write

April 28th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’ve been interested in Michael Eric Dyson since seeing him speak at IU over the winter.  An NPR news blog wrote this about a recent interview where MED linked Obama and his pastor with the different phases of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life: Obama is the pre-1965 King. The one the holiday is named for, […]