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  • JOSEPH HUFF-HANNON is a writer and activist and many other things besides.

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JOSEPH HUFF-HANNON is an award-winning writer, and a political campaigner with Avaaz.org

Biography

JOSEPH HUFF-HANNON is an award-winning writer, and currently a campaigner with global rights group Avaaz.org. Joseph's also has a background in documentary film, book publishing and political campaigns, and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Joseph is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and has traveled and worked extensively in Latin America and elsewhere.

JOURNALISM

His work appears in the New York Times, The Guardian Salon, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, Dissent, NY Press, The Indypendent, and elsewhere. In 2008 one of Joseph’s stories, about the impact of predatory lending on seniors in New York City, was a finalist in the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, "the nation’s largest all-media, general reporting prizes for professionals under the age of 35," and was awarded a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism "for a local view of a national crisis."

CAMPAIGNING

Currently a Senior Global Campaigner at Avaaz.org, a global multi-issue campaigning network with 30+ million members and growing fast. Joseph was a founding campaigner at AllOut.org, now the largest member based global LGBT rights group. Joseph has worked on Get-Out-the-Vote campaigns during numerous election cycles, including as a staff campaign director with MoveOn PAC during the presidential election of 2014.

FILM

In 2009 Joseph was Outreach and Distribution Director for the national theatrical campaign of award-winning documentary film, The Yes Men Fix the World. In the spring of 2008 he was the field producer on location for a short film on the political battle surrounding a mega-dam project in the Brazilian Amazon, "Battle for the Xingu," which makes its festival premiere in 2009.

In 2006-2007 Joseph was a producer in New York and Buenos Aires on Who Am I?, a documentary film commissioned by Channel 4 (UK) and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Estela Bravo (www.estelabravo.com/whoami.html). The film, which explores issues of memory and identity in the shadow of ongoing human rights trials in Argentina, premiered at the Havana Film Festival in 2007, where it won best documentary award.

In 2003 and 2004 Joseph worked as a translator and researcher on The Take (www.thetake.org), an award-winning documentary film shot in Argentina and commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), directed by Canadian journalists Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein.

PUBLISHING

From 2005-2007, Joseph worked at The New Press, a NY-based not-for-profit book-publishing house with a public interest mission, and publisher of many greats in journalism, history and politics—including the late Studs Terkel (www.thenewpress.com).