Let me start with clarity: People begging not to be murdered by police is in no way the same as people angry they lost an election.

Spare me your false equivalencies between last summer’s protests of extrajudicial killings of Black people and what happened today in Washington, D.C. Today’s events…


I had drafted this before the news of Katie Hill’s resignation from Congress, and I think it still merits sharing.

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An Open Letter to…


I’m a scientist who ran for Congress. Right away, I’ve outed myself as an oddball. Considering the founders of the United States regularly had professions other than “politician,” I should not be as much of an outlier as I am. …


Background: On September 11th, 2018, I was a guest on CNN International’s Newsroom program with host John Vause. This was not the first time I’ve appeared on that program, and I’ve also been part of simulcast international and domestic programming with the network. During the segment, I spoke in my…


April 20th, 1999. Sirens blared in the distance as I hurried along the broad sidewalk next to my high school’s administration building. I had just picked up my new track uniform, and I was rushing to my car. I didn’t want to be late for my first time competing in…


This weekend at the Women’s March in L.A., I was floored by the power people have when we come together to fight for our sisters, our families, our neighbors, and our country. …

Jess Phoenix

Volcanologist 🌋, ran for Congress, Blueprint Earth founder, Explorers Club Fellow, natural hazards expert. Sometimes on TV. 🏳️‍🌈

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