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


student protesters

How the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement

Only four days after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the activist movement that emerged in its aftermath had a name (Never Again), a policy goal (stricter background checks for gun buyers), and a plan for a nationwide protest (a March for Our Lives, scheduled for March 24th).

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President Trump

Trump Falsely Claims, ‘I Never Said Russia Did Not Meddle’

Mr. Trump has also explicitly disagreed with the assessment of various intelligence agencies or cast doubt on Russia’s role in the vote. Here are eight examples, in chronological order.

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protesters holding confederate flag

How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online

They were politically active Americans scattered around the country, dedicating their spare time to the 2016 presidential campaign or various causes. And the seeming fellow activists who called them to rallies via Facebook, or joined in the free-for-all on Twitter, appeared unremarkable.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

The social network, more than any other technology tool, was singled out on Friday by the Justice Department when prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three companies for executing a scheme to subvert the 2016 election and support Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign

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boy holding assault rifle

How gun control works in America, compared with 4 other rich countries

Vox reports the US really does have the most relaxed gun control measures in comparison with other developed nations. Based on the research, that's a significant reason the US leads its developed peers in gun violence.

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Senate Majory Leader Mitch McConnell

Immigration Bills Fail in Congress, Leaving DREAMers in Limbo

Weeks of intense negotiations for a bipartisan deal on immigration collapsed in Congress on Thursday, leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation.

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