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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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‘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

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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.