PoliticsI am Jess Phoenix, Volcanologist running to represent CA-25 in U.S. Congress. Ask me anything!
Mar 21st 2018 by JessPhoenix • 12 Questions • 46 Points
I'm a volcanologist, an extreme explorer, and a professional field scientist.
I have been chased by narco-traffickers in Mexico, I've dodged armed thieves in remote Peru, raced horses across Mongolia, worked on the world’s largest volcano in Hawaii, piloted the Jason2 submersible on an undersea volcano, and explored deep in the Australian Outback.
I believe science should be accessible to everyone, and that creative possibility is limitless. I'm a Fellow in The Explorers Club, a featured scientist on the Discovery and Science Channels, an invited TEDx speaker, and have appeared in Popular Science magazine, on National Public Radio, on CNN, NBC, and more. I have delivered talks at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and at many colleges and universities, and I have carried the official Explorers Club Flag on a research expedition.
I am running to represent California's 25th District in Congress in the 2018 elections, because I believe we must use evidence to make policies. My training in the scientific method has given me skills to solve problems facing our country creatively and effectively. I believe healthcare is a human right and we must focus on providing healthcare to all the members of our community, full stop. I believe we need a clean, no-strings-attached DREAM Act and to find a path to citizenship for those who call our country home. We must view climate change as the tremendous national security threat it is, and it is our government's responsibility to take steps to ensure our nation has a sustainable green energy future. I believe we need to remove big corporate special interest money from our elections, and that is why I'm running a true grassroots campaign.
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Yes! It has a massive amount of potential for helping our veteran population, and for helping patients suffering from serious medical conditions. The mass incarceration of people who have committed marijuana-related offenses is a travesty, and we need to decriminalize it as soon as possible.
Hi Jess I am in CA25 and you ROCK What is your opinion on the sale of public lands? What can we do to prevent it? Also destruction of the EPA?
Thank you, and howdy fellow 25er!
I am furious about how the public lands are being handled, particulary under Zinke. We need a huge public outcry to push back, and we need to support the tribes that are fighting back on Bears Ears. (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bears-ears-tribes-monument_us_5aaf32b9e4b0337adf851f76)
We have to elect legislators who understand the importance of environmental protections. Everyone wants clean air, clean water, and clean soils. The only way we can insure that those are protected is by electing people who will fight back against Pruitt's toxic agenda of stripping protections. Help the Blue Wave candidates. Donate, march, call your legislators, write them, show up to protests. DO NOT be silent. Have conversations with your friends and family...even difficult ones. Tell people why these things matter to you. Make it personal.
Which part of the 25th district are you from? I’d love to help in anyway to get Steve Knight out of office. Is there a way I can get in touch with you to offer my Video Production and social media skills to you and your campaign?
I live in Acton, and I used to live in Simi. I was an FBI brat, and moved a lot as a kid, and my husband Carlos' family is in Simi still. I moved to CA in 2007, and to Simi in 2014. It would be excellent to have you help out! Please fill out the form here and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch: http://jess2018.com/volunteers
Hey Jess, I'm from SoCal (not from 25) and I was curious about what made you decide to become a volcanologist? Also, why aren't there any volcanos named "Mt. Doom"? Seems like an awesome volcano name.
I was really into tectonics and particularly subduction zones (I mean come on, I was going to grad school at CSULA and studying all of the faults in the area), but I applied and was accepted to the USGS' Hawaiian Volcano Observatory as a volunteer researcher. I worked on Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes, and on the Loihi Seamount to start. I was hooked from my first day.
I am going to go ahead and agree with you. We need to get on that. There is a volcano in Ecuador that I've worked on named El Reventador, which means "The Eruptor," and I've also worked on Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania, and that name means "Mountain of God." Those are pretty badass, in my opinion. Still no Mt. Doom that I know of (I bet there's one on another planet - help me out, planetary geo folks)!