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 were a seditious conspiracy that led to a violent insurrection. …

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 California’s 25th Congressional District Community

The last few weeks have been rough for anyone invested in the political environment of California’s 25th Congressional District. On top of the spate of devastating fires that have disrupted our lives and strained our first responders and community resilience, we’ve watched a devastating scandal…

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. There were no lucrative lobbyist positions available after holding elected office 242 years ago, so it was important for public servants to have a useful skill set aside from oration, deliberation, and argumentation.

During the years since 1776, our country’s development has been profoundly influenced by scientists. The work of both native-born (e.g., Benjamin Franklin) and immigrant scientists (e.g., Albert…

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 capacity as a scientist about the effects of climate change on Hurricane Florence, and about how the current administration’s policies will damage future efforts to combat and adapt to our changing climate. The next morning, I was informed by several people that Rush Limbaugh had attempted to discredit me and…

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 my new sport of pole vault. The meet was at rival school Cherry Creek High, and I needed to arrive early to warm up. One of my friends from church youth group popped out of the admin building and jogged past me.

“There’s been a shooting at Columbine.” The words…

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. Seeing little girls with signs that said, “I want to run for President” and “If you build a wall, my generation will tear it down” reminded me why we do any of this — march, run for office, or volunteer.

Women’s March L.A. — 600,000+ attendees!

We do it for a better future for all our families. Being alongside dozens of our campaign’s supporters, joining more than half a million of our community members…

Jess Phoenix

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

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