Lisa Fithian began her work in the mid-1970s as a member of student government in her high school and at Skidmore College. As a member and coordinator of the Washington Peace Center for seven years during the 1980s, Fithian organized hundreds of events and demonstrations on a range of issues, locally and nationally, and helped lead an extensive anti-racism process that transformed the Peace Center into a multicultural organization.
In the early 1990s, Fithian joined the labor movement, bringing her experience to the Justice for Janitors campaigns in Washington, D.C., Denver, and Los Angeles, and to nursing-home workers in San Francisco and Detroit. She also provided training and support work to the United Auto Workers and with the Detroit Newspaper Strikers.
Fithian has continued her work for social, economic, and environmental justice, providing training and organizing support to many of the global-justice mobilizations around the world since the shutdown of the World Trade Organization Ministerial in Seattle in 1999.
Currently[when?] Fithian serves as a National Steering Committee member of United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of over 1,000 local and national groups working to end the war in Iraq and build a broad movement for social change.
Fithian has written throughout the years, including the introduction to the post-9-11 edition of Abbie Hoffman's Steal this Book, and the 2007 book anthology What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, And the State of the Nation by South End Press. Her most recent book is Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance, Chelsea Green, 2019.
- 'Shut It Down: Veteran Organizer Lisa Fithian Offers a Guide to Resistance in Era of Climate Crisis', 'Democracy Now' September 6, 2019 https://www.democracynow.org/2019/9/6/lisa_fithian_activism_shut_it_down
- Jeremy Deaton, 'The Radical Philosophy of Extinction Rebellion', PBS, August 2, 2019 http://www.pbs.org/wnet/peril-and-promise/2019/08/the-radical-philosophy-of-extinction-rebellion/
- "What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, And The State Of The Nation (publisher's overview)". 2007-02-15. Archived from the original on 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
- Publicist page at Net Galley for Shut It Down https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/166698
- MacEwan, Valerie. "Steal This Book Review (archived)". Pop Matters site. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
- York, Byron. "Cindy Sheehan's Radical Strategist (archived)". National Review. Archived from the original on August 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-17.