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.”
In Trumpworld, it’s the ‘immigrant threat,’ not Trump, that must be impeached
By: James E. Garcia - 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: James E. Garcia - November 15, 2019
Welcome to the first made-for-reality-TV presidential impeachment.
Remembering the ‘unjustly dead’ on Los Días de los Muertos
By: James E. Garcia - 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: James E. Garcia - 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: James E. Garcia - 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.
The latest Democratic presidential debate clarified why Trump will lose
By: James E. Garcia - 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.
Native American forum draws 11 candidates, including first Navajo to seek the Oval Office
By: James E. Garcia - 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: James E. Garcia - 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: James E. Garcia - 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: James E. Garcia - 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: James E. Garcia - 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.