James E. Garcia

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 crisis at the border won’t end until we admit we need immigrants at least as much as they need us

By: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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.


Biden’s not-so-secret superpower

By: - January 21, 2021

America, where do we go from here? It’s a fair and necessary question.


Trump must resign now to spare America any more damage

By: - January 8, 2021

The presidency of Donald J. Trump must end now. He must resign.

Joe Biden

Will the Joe Biden administration ‘look like America’?

By: - 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: - 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 […]

Donald Trump

When our democracy teeters, we must stand vigil

By: - November 13, 2020

On Election Day, our democracy teetered. To deny how close this country came to the brink of disaster is to ignore the obvious.


Tell me who you’ve endorsed and I’ll tell you who you are

By: - October 28, 2020

It’s normal, of course, for politicians to back their party’s standard bearer. But what if the agenda and behavior by the head of your party is an affront to human decency?

Invest in Education Prop 208

There’s a reason it’s called “Invest in Ed”

By: - October 15, 2020

It’s as if the people trying to defeat Proposition 208 think Arizona’s voters are suffering from a nasty bout of mass amnesia.  Not a chance. It’s been a long time, but plenty of us remember the days when the state’s leaders did more than pay lip service to the idea that Arizona’s children deserve a […]


Why some Latinos support Trump, and why they shouldn’t

By: - September 22, 2020

It was billed as a “Latinos for Trump” roundtable.  It turned out to be more of a rally, replete with a motley crew of opportunists, sycophants, complicitors and unfortunate true believers, all dutifully gathered to pay tribute to the self-proclaimed “chosen one.” Trump’s visit to Arizona last week was part of his campaign’s push to […]