De Anza CivicsWatch

Our country is sharply divided over issues of civil rights, the environment, economic policy and the direction we're heading. The president derides what he calls "fake news," but he frequently makes statements that are demonstrably untrue. In times like these, it's more important than ever to understand how democracy operates and how our government makes decisions that affect our lives.

These webpages will provide tools – including real news – for building that understanding

  • Fact Watch fact-checking the statements made by politicians

  • News & Issues reports from credible news outlets

  • Civics 101 foundational documents and an interactive quiz

  • Get Involved resources for engagement on campus and in the community

Latest Articles


Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli Emerges as Public Face, and Irritant, of Homeland Security

Cuccinelli has roiled the Department of Homeland Security, peppering other senior officials with pointed email demands, encroaching on Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations and generally appointing himself spokesman for all things immigration in the Trump administration.

Read More
Pres. Trump and Democratic candidates

The biggest questions about the 2020 presidential primaries, answered.

It’s silly to pretend anybody knows how this campaign is going to end, and the 2016 election should have humbled all political prognosticators. Still, the 2020 campaign has already started. Here is what you need to know to get oriented.

Read More
President Trump

As Trump Swerves on Trade War, It’s Whiplash for the Rest of the World

President Trump's method of negotiation at times involves facts that may not be facts, statements that may not have been said and episodes that may not have occurred. And at times, he denied saying what he had said.

Read More
DAvid Koch

How David Koch and His Brother Shaped American Politics

The Kochs and their network spent hundreds of millions of dollars in support of their particular brand of conservatism: One of limited government, more lenient immigration policy, free trade, free markets and limited corporate regulations — all while running Koch Industries, a conglomerate with annual revenues of $100 billion.

Read More
Lubia Sasvin Pérez sitting on her mother’s grave with her sisters Marleny, left, and Heidy.

Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out

Violence against women is driving an exodus of migrants from Central America, but the Trump administration is determined to deny them asylum.

Read More
President Trump

In Economic Warning Signals, Trump Sees Signs of a Conspiracy

President Trump, confronting perhaps the most ominous economic signs of his time in office, has unleashed what is by now a familiar response: lashing out at what he believes is a conspiracy of forces arrayed against him.

Read More