Speak Out!

Make Your Voice Heard – On Campus and In Your Community

Get Involved

Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action

De Anza's Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA) has internships, programs and other opportunities for students to gain practical experience in organizing, community service and political action.

Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action

The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education promotes — through programs and services — an academic, cultural and social environment that provides equity, social justice and academic success for all members of the De Anza College campus community. It supports the district and college missions, which consider diversity an essential component of student education in the 21st century.

The California History Center at De Anza promotes the active study of civil liberties and democratic values, as informed by local and regional history and related studies, through the center's Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Education Initiative. This initiative takes inspiration from lessons learned from the World War II mass incarceration of Japanese Americans and subsequent campaign to win redress for this historic violation of civil liberties and rights.

Student Resources


Organize and Take Action

Civil Rights

ACLU of Northern California

The ACLU of Northern California focuses on local and statewide civil liberties issues as well as national concerns. It also sponsors events and educational activities.

Racial Justice

Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter Foundation is a global organization that promotes freedom, liberation and justice for all.

Movement for Black Lives

This national organization promotes local and national activism, campaigns and legislation.

Showing Up for Racial Justice

This national movement includes a network of local chapters that educate and advocate for racial justice.

Community Service + Organizing

Resistance School

Resistance School is a series of online courses developed by Harvard graduate students to offer "practical skills for taking back America."

Sacred Heart Community Service

This San José nonprofit provides food and social services to low-income residents, while supporting social justice education and leadership training.

Work the System


The Electronic Frontier Foundation has built a handy tool that makes it easy to write your Congressional representative and two U.S. Senators.

Congress.gov website

This page helps you track all of the federal bills going through Congress.

California Legislature

It’s almost as easy to find your state representatives with this tool created by the California Legislature.

You can also search through the bills for California on this site.

Stay Informed

American Civil Liberties Union Southern Poverty Law Center Electronic Frontier Foundation
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