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The 19 Most Revealing Documents From Bill De Blasio’s Socialist Past

New York Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was a member of the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York. A collection of their papers, which is housed at New York University, gave a glimpse of what the organization was actually like. [Ed.: I was only able to look through two of the group’s boxes. Several of the other boxes were simultaneously being browsed by other news organizations.]

19. A Bill de Blasio signed fundraising letter.

18. “George Bush Murder, Criminal, and Terrorist.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

17. “Call: Cuba will stay free Response: Drive the Yankees to the Sea.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

16. An entire Castro speech.

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

15. An ad for a free panel discussing “progressive alternatives to free-market capitalism.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

14. “Contra Aid? Fuck No !”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

13. A flyer for a conference to stop the “‘New’ World Order.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

12. A unaddressed letter asking for someone to lend their expertise to an event aiming to stop the “New World Order.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

11. Flyer comparing Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait to Israel occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

10. An unsigned petition to Congress.

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

9. A flyer from the “Socialist Scholars Conference.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

8. A handout for a rally against New York Mayor Ed Koch.

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

7. “Call on Congress to cut off future aid to the contras.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

6. A photo of a protest against U.S. troops in Central America.

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

5. “No Vietnam in Central America!”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

4. A flyer for a dance to support the Sandinistas.

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

3. A handout for a bike ride opposing the “oil war.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

2. “Yes, yes, war is swell and we’ve got other lies to tell.”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

1. “Impeach George Bush!” “Siege the White House!”

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater Collection/Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive/Elmer Holmes Bobst Library/New York University

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