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.

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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.


A Latino in the White House? Not yet, but why not?

By: - January 9, 2020

It took 220 years for us to elect our first African American president. Looks like it’ll take a bit longer before we elect our first Latino. When news broke last week that Julian Castro had dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, I wasn’t terribly surprised.


When the ‘other side’ crosses the line

By: - December 30, 2019

I don’t remember exactly when the break occurred. I only know that I first became aware of it back in the days of the Obama administration.  I’m talking about the deep ideological split that’s surfaced in recent years between me and some of my closest friends and relatives, a rift that’s grown dramatically in the […]


‘Diversity’ isn’t code for ‘white genocide’

By: - December 12, 2019

Part of what I think drives white supremacists’ hatred of Latinos is the irrational belief that achieving the so called American Dream is a zero-sum aspiration. The thinking is that if I achieve the American Dream, then you will not. 

La Paz County zoning officials reject plan to build smelter in farming community

By: - December 9, 2019

Facing a large and sometimes raucous crowd of area residents, the La Paz County Planning and Zoning Commission rejected a proposal Dec. 6 to build an aluminum recycling and smelting plant less than a mile from the farm community of Wenden, Arizona


Making propaganda great again

By: - December 3, 2019

The truth is Americans have always had to navigate, or swallow, a certain measure of government propaganda. Growing up, I thought we were better than that. Turns out sometimes we’re not.


In Trumpworld, it’s the ‘immigrant threat,’ not Trump, that must be impeached

By: - November 22, 2019

For three gut wrenching and shameful minutes, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan – one of Trump’s staunchest defenders – without a shred of evidence raised the specter at Tuesday’s impeachment hearings that Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman might be a traitor.


The weight of history, and Congress, will judge Trump harshly

By: - November 15, 2019

Welcome to the first made-for-reality-TV presidential impeachment.


Remembering the ‘unjustly dead’ on Los Días de los Muertos

By: - October 31, 2019

Los Días de los Muertos is a prime occasion to remember the unjustly dead – people who, through no fault of their own, have had their lives senselessly cut short.


When the president of the United States green lights a massacre

By: - October 16, 2019

Kurdish civilians are being slaughtered. U.S. troops have been fired upon. Russian President Vladimir Putin is thrilled. Iran is ecstatic. President Trump is clueless about how to fix the bloody and violent mess he created.


Trump’s relentless assault on immigrants threatens their futures, and even their lives

By: - October 3, 2019

Trump has flipped U.S. immigration policy on its head and the fate of millions of people is at stake. In some cases, the consequences of Trump’s new and proposed policies are a matter of life or death.