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.
Get the shot, before the coronavirus gets you
By: James E. Garcia - April 16, 2021
It’s been a little more than two weeks since I got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So, this is as good a time as any to take stock of how the greatest health crisis in hundred years is affecting our lives.
The crisis at the border won’t end until we admit we need immigrants at least as much as they need us
By: James E. Garcia - March 17, 2021
When it comes to the subject of immigration, humanity and common sense matter. That’s where every conversation on the topic should start.
Domestic terrorists and GOP’s leaders have voting rights in their sights
By: James E. Garcia - March 3, 2021
One of our nation’s two major political parties has concluded that winning at all costs is more important than protecting our cherished right to hold free and fair elections.
School’s out: What’s the post-pandemic catch-up plan, especially for children of color?
By: James E. Garcia - February 19, 2021
Tangled up in the controversy over how quickly children should return to the classroom given the COVID-19 health crisis is the still largely unappreciated catastrophe involving the damage being done to our education system, especially when it comes to the poor and communities of color.
Trump and abettors like Ducey must be held accountable
By: James E. Garcia - February 5, 2021
Everyone responsible for the Capitol assault must be held accountable. It’s a basic tenet of our democracy that no one, not the president and certainly not a marauding band of white nationalists, is above the law.
Trump must resign now to spare America any more damage
By: James E. Garcia - January 8, 2021
The presidency of Donald J. Trump must end now. He must resign.
Will the Joe Biden administration ‘look like America’?
By: James E. Garcia - December 11, 2020
There’s a political puzzle being solved in Washington, largely behind the scenes, as President-elect Joe Biden settles on a slew of cabinet appointments he’s promised will “look like America.”
COVID-19, 25 years later, a Thanksgiving story
By: James E. Garcia - November 25, 2020
SCENE: It’s 2045, about 30 or 40 people have gathered at a downtown Phoenix cafe for a night of storytelling. The theme for the evening is Thanksgiving Memories. The emcee introduces local storyteller and playwright, James E. Garcia. EMCEE: Next up, everyone, is James E. Garcia, whose decades-long writing career has included journalism, playwriting, a […]