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 latest Democratic presidential debate clarified why Trump will lose

By: - September 17, 2019

Last week’s Democratic debate, the first to feature all of the party’s top-tier 2020 presidential contenders on one stage, is as good a time as any to take stock of the race.


As I lay dying

By: - September 5, 2019

“If the killer had waited just a few days to kill a bunch Hispanics, we could have been in Walmart that day when he opened fire.” It takes my breath away to think about it.


Native American forum draws 11 candidates, including first Navajo to seek the Oval Office

By: - August 23, 2019

The forum’s success – 11 candidates addressed the forum, eight in person and three via live video feeds – is the latest sign that issues impacting communities of color, for better or for worse, promise to be front-and-center in this election cycle.


‘Tell him not to come here’

By: - August 7, 2019

The grotesque irony of the shooting in El Paso is that Trump has been claiming since the launch of his presidential campaign that the only way to keep America safe from the people he often characterizes as murderous and marauding immigrant hordes is to build a “great, great wall.”


Puerto Rican Lives Matter

By: - July 25, 2019

In Phoenix, about 200 people rallied at the Capitol last week, including Manolo Lago, a local actor, who said, “Puerto Rico has been taking advantage of its citizens for too long. The leaked messages from Rosselló and his cronies have just set that in stone.”


Torture by any other name

By: - July 9, 2019

The horrifying and sickening treatment of child migrants and their families at the U.S.-Mexico border at the hands of at least some federal immigration and customs officials has been called “state-sanctioned child abuse.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has described conditions in immigration border facilities as a “ticking time bomb”, and United […]


Could Trump drown somebody on the U.S.-Mexico border and still not lose any votes?

By: - June 28, 2019

President Trump’s increasingly hardline immigration agenda is to blame for the deaths of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 2-year-old daughter, Valeria.

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Trump’s tariff threat: a dumb way to extort Mexico and violate its sovereignty

By: - June 13, 2019

Ducey knows the president’s tariff threat is wrong, but he’s not willing to stand up for the people of Arizona, even if Trump’s plan could cost us thousands of jobs, because he’d rather curry favor with Trump than protect the economic prosperity of Arizona and Mexico.


La reconquista will not be televised, but we can still vote

By: - May 30, 2019

There’s been a growing trend in recent years – in case you haven’t noticed – of Latinos in Arizona and nationwide getting elected to public office.


In the post-Trump era, the ‘enablers’ must be shamed

By: - May 16, 2019

It’s a necessary accounting of the toxic and crippling impact that Trumpism is having on everything America has struggled to stand for during its existence.

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Amid refugee crisis, volunteers show what truly makes America great

By: - May 2, 2019

There’s an army of angels in communities across the Southwest who are doing what they can to welcome the newest strangers to our strange land.


Legally sanctioned homophobia still a mainstay of Arizona law

By: - April 19, 2019

The long overdue repeal of the “no promo homo” law was the right thing to do. But the struggle to grant equal rights to Arizona’s LGBTQ community is far from over.