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Get to Know a Candidate (14 of 25): Peta Lindsay–Party for Socialism and Liberation

Monday, September 17, 2012 5:22 PM

DISCLAIMER: This is not a post about “Romney” or “Obama”. This is not a post for whom I am voting. Information sourced for Wikipedia.

Lindsay is an American anti-war activist and presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation despite being ineligible to become president due to her age, under Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution; she would need to be at least 35 in order to take office.

Lindsay was born in Virginia and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She became an activist as a middle school student with the Philadelphia Student Union, a non-profit organization of students demanding a high quality education. She was a high school senior in Washington D.C. during the September 11 attacks. Soon thereafter she became active with the ANSWER coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). On September 24, 2001, Lindsay spoke at ANSWER's first press conference as a high school student. In 2002, she traveled to Cuba with Pastors for Peace. She attended Howard University and continued as a leader with the ANSWER coalition, including as a lead organizer of the January 2003 protest against the upcoming Iraq War. She was recognized by The Washington Post in March 2003 for her anti-war activism in a piece entitled "Student Leader Sees Through Bush Propaganda". In October 2003, Lindsay said of the Iraq War, "The US government has no right to try and recolonize Iraq".

The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) is a Marxist-Leninist political party in the United States. It was created as the result of a split within the ranks of Workers World Party (WWP). The San Francisco branch and several other members left WWP in 2004, announcing that "the Workers World Party leadership is no longer capable of fulfilling that mission [of building socialism]". The PSL has since established two national offices in Washington, D.C. and in San Francisco alongside 23 local branches across the country.

The PSL sees as its main goal the formation of a revolutionary workers' party, based upon the ideology of Marxism-Leninism. This party would lead a revolution and pave the way towards socialism. Under socialism a new government of working people would be formed.

Historically, the PSL is generally positive on the former Soviet Union, describing the October Revolution as "the single biggest event that shaped global politics in the 20th century". The PSL acknowledges that the New Economic Policy of Vladimir Lenin led "to a re-polarization of social classes, especially in the countryside". The PSL blames the reforms initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev for the fall of the Soviet Union

The PSL is a member of the steering committee of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition (A.N.S.W.E.R.). As one of the most active members of the coalition, PSL has gained notice for successfully forging ties with Arab and Muslim American groups such as the Muslim American Society, Al-Awda and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

    Lindsay has Ballot Access in: AR, CO, IO, LA, MN, NJ, NY, RI, UT, VT, WA, WI

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