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.
They are flying flags at half-mast in Arizona again for a felled political icon. Unlike the late Sen. John McCain, this long-time public servant was not known for a maverick pugnaciousness but for a low-key and almost old-fashioned behind-the-scenes style of leadership. Former Congressman Ed Pastor died Tuesday. He was 75. The first Mexican-American elected […]
I believe Arizona’s political watershed is the product of two key underlying forces: outright GOP arrogance, fueled by strong strains of bigotry, greed and faux evangelicalism; and the explosive growth of the Latino population.