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


Students protesting in Chicago

‘We Deserve to Live Without Fear’

Students say that elected officials have not done enough to prevent school shootings despite a yearslong national debate and the grim roll call of campus killings since Columbine.

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Immigrants after crossing the border near McAllen, Tex

Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border

Members of Congress have been demanding answers about how many families are being separated as they are processed at stations along the southwest border, in part because the Trump administration has in the past said it was considering taking children from their parents as a way to deter migrants from coming here.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

DeVos Education Dept. Begins Dismissing Civil Rights Cases in Name of Efficiency

Civil rights advocates worry that the office’s rejection of legitimate claims is the most obvious example to date of its diminishing role in enforcing civil rights laws in the nation’s schools.

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missile in the night sky

The US bombing of Syria, explained

If you haven't been following the mess in Syria, this short guide will help you understand why the United States military is intervening in that country's civil war.

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Isabel Karina Ruiz-Roque, 34, in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Who Polices the Immigration Police?

Claims of unjust arrests by ICE agents and cops often disappear into an overwhelmed immigration court system. An investigation has uncovered racial profiling, warrantless searches, fabricated evidence, and other abuses.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Sessions Turned to Convicted Fundraiser for Advice

Preparing to restock the Department of Justice at the start of the Trump administration, Jeff Sessions sought out Elliott Broidy for recommendations. The Republican donor’s conviction in a political corruption case years earlier didn’t seem to be a problem

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