Meet Peta Lindsay
Peta Lindsay is the 2012 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
Lindsay is a founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and a member of the PSL’s Central Committee.
A 2008 graduate of Howard University, Lindsay currently lives in Los Angeles where she remains a leader and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California with the goal of becoming a public school teacher.
Born in Virginia, Lindsay spent much of her childhood in Philadelphia where, as a middle school student, she became an organizer with the Philadelphia Student Union, a citywide group struggling against racism and for education rights. In 1996, she helped lead a protest in which 2,000 students walked out of Philadelphia schools to advocate for increased public school funding.
Lindsay was living Washington, D.C., in September 2001. She was very aware of the ultra-militaristic response of the U.S. government, and the racist demonization of the Muslim and Arab community that was part of the war drive. Lindsay soon became a young leader in the new, mass anti-war movement. She began volunteering with the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) just days after it formed. She spoke out as a high school student organizer at ANSWER’s first press conference on Sept. 24 and co-chaired the Sept. 29, 2001, national anti-war rally, the first mass action in the country after the 9/11 attacks that brought 25,000 people into the streets of D.C.
Lindsay traveled to Cuba in 2002 with Pastors for Peace and witnessed first-hand the accomplishments of a society that is organized to meet human needs, not the profit motive of a few greedy bankers and corporate owners.
While an undergraduate organizer at Howard University, she chaired and spoke at every national anti-war rally organized by the ANSWER Coalition, including the historic anti-war rally on Jan. 18, 2003, which drew over 500,000 people into the streets to stop the Iraq war before it started.
She has represented the U.S. anti-war movement and the Party for Socialism and Liberation at important conferences and mass gatherings across the globe.
In the Summer of 2003, she went to France and Switzerland to participate in international anti-war forums and protest the G8 summit in Evian. One year later, she was the youngest delegate to the World Meeting of Artists and Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity in Venezuela, hosted by President Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan government.
Lindsay represented the U.S. anti-war movement at the 3rd General Assembly of the Asia Wide Campaign Against the U.S. and Japanese Aggression and Domination of Asia in 2009. There, she met with activists from all over Asia, who were involved in the struggle against the continued presence of the U.S. military in their respective countries. She proudly joined their actions in a gesture of international solidarity against imperialism.
For over a decade, Lindsay has helped to lead countless demonstrations across the country against imperialist wars, racism, budget cuts, tuition hikes, police brutality, anti-LGBT bigotry, and in support of immigrant rights, women’s rights and the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, and has been a tireless advocate for the rights of working people and for socialism.