Philanthropy

Charlotte Laws

Anti-Revenge Porn Advocate and Advocate for Women

In January 2012, Laws determined a notorious revenge porn website was involved in a scheme to hack nude and topless pictures from victims’ emails. Laws compiled evidence and took it to the FBI. This led to the shutdown of the site and the January 2014 arrests of the site operator and his alleged hacker.

Laws has helped over 500 victims combat online harassment and nonconsensual pornography She is called the “Erin Brockovich of Revenge Porn.” During her grueling battle, she received computer viruses, death threats, and a stalker came to her home.

Charlotte Laws is an advocateLaws detailed her story in a 5000 word article, which appeared in Jezebel, and the piece went viral. 

Laws has discussed revenge porn and the need for legislation on Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, and dozens of other television and radio programs. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Fortune, and numerous other newspapers and magazines.

Laws worked with legislators to pass anti-revenge porn laws. She testified in favor of SB 255 and SB 1255 in California; they passed. Laws has also met with senators and congressional representatives. Federal legislation is now being considered. 

For many years, Laws was a board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), a non-profit organization that aims to increase awareness of online harassment and aid victims of harassment. She is also the founder of the “Tribs over Trolls” project, a movement to end bullying and online harassment.

Animal Advocate

Charlotte Laws, a vegetarian since 1982, is a fierce advocate for animals. She argues that nonhumans are of equal value to humans and worthy of equal consideration. She invented the term “omniocracy,” a government with representation for all living beings, and argues for its establishment. She criticizes democracy, calling it a “totalitarian regime in which the powerful (humans) use, abuse, manipulate and murder the powerless (nonhumans) for the former’s own gain.”charlotte laws

Laws has contributed to a number of academic books on animal rights and environmentalism. She is a regular speaker at the annual Animal Rights Convention and is considered a foremost expert on the subject. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California.

Laws is the founder and president of two organizations: the Directors of Animal Welfare (DAW) and the League for Earth and Animal Protection (LEAP).

Laws was the recipient of the 2006 Los Angeles Animal Humanitarian Award.

Laws has three rescue dogs and seven rescue hens. In 2012, Laws’ chicken Mae Poulet was a write-in vice-presidential candidate. Her running mate was a dog from Tennessee. Laws campaigned to secure Mae a spot on the ticket. She knew it would provide an opportunity to educate on rights for animals. Mae Poulet—arguably the most famous chicken in the world–was inducted into the National Museum of Animals and Society in 2013 and participated in a 2011 celebrity fundraiser to raise money for rescue organizations. Mae Poulet is also listed on Wikipedia as the only chicken to ever run for political office. 

Gay Rights Advocate

Charlotte was one of the first volunteers at the Aids Project Los Angeles headquarters in the 1980s. In March 2015, Charlotte became nationally known as a defender of the LGBTQ community when a Southern California attorney proposed a statewide ballot initiative that called for the killing of all gays in the state. Laws registered a rebuttal initiative called “The Intolerant Jackass Act,” which called for sensitivity training and a fine for anybody submitting an initiative related to the killing of gays.