Communications Associate for Publications
Lauren Gazzola works in the Center for Constitutional Rights' Communications Department as the Communications Associate for Publications, drafting press releases, opinion pieces, newsletter articles, and other content. Lauren originally came to CCR as a client, when she was a defendant in U.S. v. SHAC 7, as a result of her work with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). SHAC was an international, grassroots animal rights campaign dedicated to bankrupting the animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences. Convicted of controversial "animal enterprise terrorism" charges, Lauren served 40 months in federal prison for her work on the SHAC campaign. Lauren was subsequently a plaintiff in Blum v. Holder, CCR’s First Amendment challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
Lauren holds a B.A. magna cum laude from New York University and recently completed studies for an interdisciplinary M.A. in the “Law, History, and Philosophy of Free Speech and the First Amendment,” through Antioch University. From 2013 through 2016, she served on the Executive Committee of the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and is a former chair of the NYC chapter of the NLG's Animal Rights Activism Committee.
Lauren’s recent writing includes “Political Captivity” in The Ethics of Captivity (Oxford 2014, Lori Gruen ed.); “Is Freeing Minks Terrorism? And Other Questions We Should Be Asking Ourselves” on Truthout; “Don’t buy the Chipotle hype: There’s no such thing as ‘humane’ slaughter” on Salon; and “Bad Things Happened: Metaphorical Fingerprints, Constellations of Evidence, and ‘Guilt For Association’” in the Vermont Law Review. Her writing has appeared in JANE Magazine, Salon, Truthout, Other Words, Common Dreams, and The Dodo.