James E. Garcia
James E. Garcia is a Phoenix-based journalist, playwright and communications consultant. He is the editor and publisher of Vanguardia Arizona, which covers Latino news statewide, and the weekly newsletter Vanguardia America. As a journalist, he has worked as a reporter, columnist, editor and foreign correspondent. He was the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, and the first Latino editor of major progressive news weekly in the U.S., The San Antonio Current. James has taught writing, ethnic studies, theater and Latino politics at ASU. He is the producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co. and the author of more than 30 plays.
The GOP: In Trump (and no one else) we trust
By: James E. Garcia - September 16, 2021
News about the outcome of the recall election in California combined with the latest revelations about the chaotic final days of the Trump administration got me to wondering: So, Republicans, you’re still okay with Donald Trump leading your party? In the Republican-led campaign to oust California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom — which, thank God, failed […]
It was America’s ‘forgotten war,’ but we can’t forget the girls and women of Afghanistan
By: James E. Garcia - September 7, 2021
It’s been about a week since the last U.S. troops flew out of the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, ending our 20-year war with the Taliban. It was the longest war in U.S. history — some called it “America’s forgotten war” — but the 24-hour news cycle has already turned its attention to other stories, like […]
Biden may not regret leaving Afghanistan, but I do
By: James E. Garcia - August 18, 2021
On Sunday, after a 20 years of war against the U.S.-backed regime in Afghanistan, the Taliban retook control. To many, it’s an almost unimaginable turn of events. Others insist they saw it coming, though almost no one believed it would happen this quickly. Military and intelligence experts had predicted a Taliban takeover in the wake […]
In the GOP fight for the White House, the unvaccinated and children are collateral damage
By: James E. Garcia - August 9, 2021
Some days, I don’t know whether to scream or cry about the surge of the COVID-19. The national death toll from the virus has now topped 616,000 — more people than live in Tucson, Milwaukee or Baltimore. And experts say that, unless we take dramatic steps to curb the spread of the Delta variant of […]
Mr. Potato Head ruminates on Trump, coup tourists and Sasquatch
By: James E. Garcia - July 27, 2021
It’s been awhile since Arizona Mirror columnist, playwright and sometimes satirist James E. Garcia has checked in with Mr. Potato Head, America’s favorite gender-neutral tuber turned high-dollar consultant for Republican politicos. Garcia recently caught up with Head backstage at the Arizona Federal Theatre, where thousands had gathered for a weekend rally in Phoenix by former […]
The through-line from the Big Lie to the lies about critical race theory
By: James E. Garcia - July 9, 2021
The mounting attack by Republican lawmakers across the country against multicultural education is the lie behind the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
For today’s GOP, our democracy is no longer worth defending
By: James E. Garcia - June 23, 2021
Today, the courage and willingness to protect the idea that everyone who’s qualified to vote deserves a chance to vote has all but vanished in the GOP.
Biden’s approach to immigration a welcome change, but still fundamentally flawed
By: James E. Garcia - June 11, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris’s whirlwind swing recently through Guatemala and Mexico will do little to quell concerns in the short run about the latest surge of undocumented immigrants crossing our southern border, but it’s as good an occasion as any to take a measure of President Joe Biden’s emerging immigration doctrine.
The closing act of George Floyd’s story hasn’t been written yet
By: James E. Garcia - May 25, 2021
I’d like to believe that the Black Lives Matter marches against police brutality that erupted a year ago in the U.S. and around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer were the first act of that show.
Liz Cheney was right: We must defend America from Trump’s election falsehoods
By: James E. Garcia - May 12, 2021
The Republican civil war is raging and the party’s defenders of democracy are losing. On Wednesday, Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who’s best described as a traditional, establishment conservative, was unceremoniously booted from her job as the third most powerful GOP leader in the House of Representatives by the sycophantic, white-supremacist-coddling, fascist wing of her party. […]
The GOP is now the Grand Old Potato Head Party
By: James E. Garcia - April 30, 2021
In the wake of the recent uproar by GOP leaders over Hasbro’s decision to add a gender-neutral Potato Head to its traditional Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head toy collection, Mr. Head has apparently found a new vocation moonlighting as a high-dollar consultant for Republican politicos.