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


Two women volunteers clean up a Jewish cemetery that was vandalized.

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide

Since 2010, law enforcement agencies have reported an average of about 6,000 hate crime incidents per year to the FBI. The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

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Participants at a rally of white supremacists gathered near a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va.

Before Charlottesville, a String of Killings Raised the Specter of Far-Right Violence

The death of Heather D. Heyer, who was killed on Saturday after a man drove a car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was the latest in a string of fatal attacks that have raised the specter of far-right, racist or anti-immigrant violence.

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How Trump's talking points match up with Fox News

This video from the Washington Post provides a side-by-side look at how President Trump and Fox News pundits discussed the Charlottesville violence.

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President Trump

Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

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Justice Dept. Demands Data on Visitors to Anti-Trump Website, Sparking Fight

The Justice Department is trying to force an internet hosting company to turn over information about everyone who visited a website used to organize protests during President Trump’s inauguration, setting off a new fight over surveillance and privacy limits.

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SPLC releases campus guide to countering ‘alt-right’

With college students returning to class in the coming weeks, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a new guide today that advises them on how to respond when speakers associated with the growing white nationalist, or “alt-right,” movement, appear on campus.

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