James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia is a Phoenix-based journalist, playwright and communications consultant. 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 a major progressive news weekly in the U.S., The San Antonio Current. James has taught creative and non-fiction writing, ethnic studies, theater, literature and Latino politics at ASU. The founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co., James is the author of more than 30 plays, including the upcoming “The Two Souls of Cesar Chavez.”

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This time, at least, the system got it right

By: - April 20, 2021

It was the only logical and moral conclusion, and still it seemed almost unimaginable.


Get the shot, before the coronavirus gets you

By: - 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.


How do we resolve humanity’s perennial sin?

By: - April 1, 2021

White Europeans didn’t invent supremacy, though it’s probably fair to say that an ugly lot among them perfected it. 


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.