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.”


The closing act of George Floyd’s story hasn’t been written yet

By: - 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: - 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: - 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.

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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.