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.


Say his name. George Floyd. He was a human being.

By: - June 2, 2020

His name is George Floyd. He was a human being. He was 46 years old. He was a human being. He was a black man. He was a human being. He was a father with a six-year-old girl. He was a human being. A native of Houston, he was a star athlete in high school. […]


The interview with the president that I could only ever imagine

By: - May 28, 2020

It’s the sort of interview I could only ever imagine.  I imagine I would have to put on a suit, which I hardly wear anymore. And I imagine I’d arrive at the White House gates donning an N95 mask emblazoned with the words, “Si se puede.” 


85,000 dead and counting from COVID-19. Imagine if Trump gets re-elected.

By: - May 14, 2020

There’s really no other way to say this: When it comes to his response to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the combination of President Donald Trump’s arrogance and sheer incompetence is killing people. 

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The legacy of SB1070: The rise of Arizona’s new political order

By: - May 1, 2020

The power base in Arizona has shifted in the past 20 years, and we have the state’s Republican Party to both thank and blame for that.

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Arizonans on the edge are faced with tough choices about COVID-19

By: - April 15, 2020

As the death count mounts nationwide in the wake of the rapid spread of COVID-19, I keep thinking about all of the people who are falling through the cracks.


First he called Mexicans ‘criminals,’ then he called COVID-19 the ‘Chinese virus’

By: - March 24, 2020

First he called Mexicans criminals, and we spoke out. Then he banned the Muslims, and we spoke out.


The coronavirus doesn’t care if you’re an immigrant or U.S. born

By: - March 19, 2020

Exactly how many of us nationwide have already contracted the coronavirus or will eventually catch it no one really knows for sure. But scientists tracking its spread predict hundreds of thousands of people will likely be afflicted by COVID-19 before the pandemic runs its course.

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Super Tuesday exposes black-brown voter split

By: - March 5, 2020

In the wake of the startling election results in Tuesday’s presidential primaries, the media spotlight has landed on the intense ideological split between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. The decision for most Democrats seems to be whether they’ll support U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ political revolution or former Vice President Joe Biden’s […]

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As coronavirus spreads, Trump is becoming a mortal threat to Americans

By: - March 3, 2020

The health and even the lives of at least some Americans facing the spread of coronavirus are at greater risk today because Donald J. Trump is our president.

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¡Americano! tells a dreamer’s story with an uncertain end

By: - February 19, 2020

Tony Valdovinos is a “Dreamer” who sees the world as it is, not as he thinks it should be. It’s a personal philosophy that’s served him well.

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What does Trump’s acquittal mean for our nation’s future?

By: - February 6, 2020

Our democracy is a fragile thing. If we’re not careful, it might just break.

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Who can’t President Trump kill?

By: - January 23, 2020

Just imagine if Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy had been ordered assassinated by a foreign leader.