Nicaragua Information Center

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The Nicaragua Information Center started as a campus organization at the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. Until its closing in 1991, NIC coordinated local activities in support of the Sandinista government, providing alternative information about Nicaragua.

From the description of Nicaragua Information Center audio visual collection. 1977-1990. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 213745477

From the description of Nicaragua Information Center records, 1980-1991. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 215248095

Organizational History

Between 1980 and 1991, the Nicaragua Information Center played a leading role in coordinating activities in support of the Sandinista government and the people of Nicaragua and in opposing the policies of the United States government, which supported the Contra insurgency. During the 1980s, Nicaragua support work was a key focus of progressive political activity in the Bay Area and throughout the United States.

The Nicaragua Information Center began as a student organization at the University of California, Berkeley. The organization moved off campus in 1981, and eventually grew large enough to support a full-time paid staff of five, in addition to many volunteers. NIC published Nicaraguan Perspectives, an important national magazine on Nicaragua between 1980 and 1991. NIC also formed the Berkeley- Leon Sister City Association in 1985.

The Center provided alternative information about Nicaragua, coordinated opposition to U.S. policy in the Bay Area and much of the west, and played an active role both in raising material support for Nicaragua and facilitating travel by individuals to and from Nicaragua. In addition, the Nicaragua Information Center served as the Pacific Southwest Regional Coordinator for the Nicaragua Network from 1983 through 1992. In this role, NIC played an influential role in developing and coordinating national policy for the movement in support of the Sandinista regime. This included anti-Contra aid agitation and person-to-person exchanges. Through delegations and work brigades, the Center helped hundreds of people travel to Nicaragua. Working with various coalitions, the Nicaragua Information Center played a central role in the political struggle against aid to the Nicaraguan Contras and raising material support for Nicaragua.

The elections in Nicaragua in 1990 brought about a transfer of power from the Sandinistas to a more conservative regime. This shift had a dramatic impact on the Nicaragua support movement, severely reducing financial support for organizations such as the Nicaragua Information Center which had been identified with the Sandinista movement. In June 1991, the Nicaragua Information Center closed its doors. While NIC continued to operate on a reduced level after this date, its lack of office space and funding have made its resources unavailable to the public.

Excerpted from a background piece by Rick Lewis

From the guide to the Nicaragua Information Center Records, 1980-1991, (The Bancroft Library)

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Agape Foundation corporateBody
associatedWith Alexander Cockburn person
associatedWith Alice Walker person
associatedWith Angela Acevedo person
associatedWith Arturo Cruz person
associatedWith BACAPC corporateBody
associatedWith Ben Burkett person
associatedWith Ben Linder person
associatedWith Black Oak Books corporateBody
associatedWith Bush, Gregg person
associatedWith CANIC corporateBody
correspondedWith Cara a Cara corporateBody
associatedWith Casey, Gates person
correspondedWith Central America Health Rights Network corporateBody
associatedWith Central America Non-Intervention Coalition corporateBody
associatedWith C. Fonseca person
associatedWith CIA corporateBody
correspondedWith Compas person
associatedWith C. Tunnerman person
correspondedWith Daniel Ortega person
associatedWith David Cortright person
associatedWith David Oliver person
associatedWith E. Cardenal person
associatedWith Emergency Response Network corporateBody
associatedWith Enriquez, Magda person
associatedWith E. Pastora person
associatedWith ERN corporateBody
associatedWith Federation of Southern Cooperatives corporateBody
associatedWith Fred Royce person
associatedWith Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional. corporateBody
associatedWith Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional. corporateBody
associatedWith George Black person
associatedWith Hasenfus person
associatedWith Hon. Marta Cranshaw person
associatedWith Hooker, Ray person
associatedWith Inter-Religious Task on ES and CA corporateBody
associatedWith Israeli Solidarity Committee corporateBody
associatedWith Joan Lohman person
associatedWith KPFA corporateBody
associatedWith Labor Committee of El Salvador sic Santa Clara, CA corporateBody
associatedWith Labor Network on C.A. corporateBody
associatedWith La Pena corporateBody
associatedWith Lawyers' Committee on Central America corporateBody
associatedWith Lorenzo Cardenal— person
associatedWith Magda Enriquez person
associatedWith Margaret Randall person
associatedWith Marvin Collins person
associatedWith Marvin Contel person
associatedWith Meese person
associatedWith Midpeninsula Peace Center corporateBody
associatedWith Miguel d'ESCOTO person
associatedWith National Comm. for Peace in C.A. corporateBody
associatedWith National Guard corporateBody
associatedWith National Lawyers Guild corporateBody
associatedWith Nat'l Guard corporateBody
associatedWith N.I.C. corporateBody
associatedWith Nicaragua Hospital Generator Project corporateBody
associatedWith Nicaraguan Association of Farmers and Ranchers corporateBody
associatedWith Nicaragua Technical Aid Project (NTAP)— corporateBody
associatedWith Nora Astorga person
associatedWith North person
associatedWith Obando y Bravo person
associatedWith Omar Cabezas person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Ortega, D. person
associatedWith OXFAM, America corporateBody
associatedWith OXFAM Tools for Peace corporateBody
associatedWith OXFAM Tools for Peace (May 1984) corporateBody
associatedWith Oxford Committee for Famine Relief corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, Karen person
associatedWith Peacenet corporateBody
associatedWith Poindexter person
associatedWith Ray Hooker person
correspondedWith Reagan person
associatedWith Regan person
associatedWith Roberto Vargas person
associatedWith Rosario Murillo person
associatedWith Rosenheim, Dan person
associatedWith Sam Schuchat person
associatedWith Sandino person
associatedWith Schultz person
associatedWith Secord person
associatedWith Sergio de Castro person
associatedWith Sergio Ramirez person
associatedWith S.F. Mime Troupe corporateBody
associatedWith Shultz person
associatedWith Singlaub person
associatedWith Sonia Cano person
associatedWith Special Prosecutor Walsh person
associatedWith St. Louis Nat'l Guard corporateBody
associatedWith T. Borge person
associatedWith Tom Bates person
associatedWith Wilson person
associatedWith Women's Association of Nicaragua corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
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Active 1980

Active 1991


Spanish; Castilian



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SNAC ID: 37425622