Gazzola, Lauren

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Position

Communications Associate for Publications

Biography

Lauren Gazzola is CCR’s Communications Associate for Publications.  Lauren originally came to CCR as a client when she was a defendant in U.S. v. SHAC 7 (U.S. v. Fullmer), as a result of her work with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).  SHAC is an international, grassroots animal rights campaign dedicated to exposing and ending vivisection at the notorious animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences.  Convicted under the controversial Animal Enterprise Protection Act, Lauren served 40 months in federal prison for her work on the SHAC campaign.  Lauren is once again a CCR client, appearing as a plaintiff in Blum v. Holder, CCR’s First Amendment challenge to the amended (and renamed) Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). 

 
Lauren holds a B.A. magna cum laude from New York University and an M.A. from Antioch University in the Law, History, and Philosophy of Free Speech and the First Amendment.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and is a member of the new NLG Animal Rights Activism Committee.  In addition to extensive animal rights advocacy, Lauren has a long history of political activism, volunteer work with student and community groups, and social justice employment.  Among other efforts, she has volunteered at the California Anti-SLAPP Project, as a literacy tutor at New York City’s Grand Street Settlement, and with a youth HIV/AIDS awareness and community outreach group.  She has worked for a diversity consultant, as an educator in New York City public schools, and as an assistant to artist Spencer Tunick.