“You’re a volcanologist? That means you study Vulcans, right?” Yes, people still ask Jess Phoenix this question when they hear what she does for a living. They’re joking. Most of the time. She doesn’t bother explaining that she actually studies volcanoes. She just flashes them a Vulcan salute and tells them to “Live long and prosper.”
CA-25 Candidate Jess Phoenix wants to bring Star Trek values to Congress
“It’s something I believe in. I really do want people to live long and prosper,” says Jess. That’s one reason she’s running for the congressional seat in California’s 25th district. She wants to bring “Star Trek values” to Congress. “Star Trek was all about diversity and inclusivity, anti-war, logic and facts,” she explains. “It’s really stuck with me how inclusive and forward-thinking Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was.” One of Jess’ campaign posters shows her in front of Vasquez Rocks, which sharp-eyed Trek fans will identify as the location from the original series where Captain Kirk battled the Gorn.
Many of the actors from various incarnations of Star Trek have endorsed Jess, including Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, Robert Duncan McNeill and Aron Eisenberg. Tim Russ, who portrayed Tuvok, the resident Vulcan on “Star Trek: Voyager,” has filmed a campaign ad with her. So have actors Robert Picardo and John Billingsley, who played doctors on “Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” respectively. You can watch both ads on Jess’ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuXU55FZK2VThUPB8Q6jSTg. Billingsley has gotten more involved in Jess’ campaign, inspired by her “optimism, her intelligence and her enthusiasm.” He helped organize two recent fundraisers in Los Angeles, attended by actors, writers and directors from the world of Star Trek, as well as sci-fi luminaries like Felicia Day and Joss Whedon.
So, what Trek tech would Jess most want to see in reality? “I really like the replicator. Because that also ties in to what I like about Star Trek; it’s a post-money, post-scarcity, post-war society,” she says. “Where we’re heading a couple hundred years from now doesn’t have to be the dystopian, Orwellian future. We can have the Star Trek future. That’s the kind of future I want to work for.”
Science fiction stars support CA-25 Candidate Jess Phoenix
Last night, stars of the science fiction world turned out in Hollywood in support of CA-25 Candidate Jess Phoenix. There is a Science Mayday alarm sounding, and stars are supporting Jess in leaps and bounds. Jess is a science superstar, and the science fiction community loves her. And no wonder, she even launched her campaign at the Vasquez Rocks, an iconic location right here in our district. It’s also the site of a famous Star Trek battle where Captain Kirk battles a lizard creatured called Gorn. Here’s a clip to refresh your memory.
The event was held at IgnitedSpaces on Hollywood Boulevard and was hosted by stars from the world of science fiction like:
Mary E. McGlynn
Randi Mayem Singer
Wil Wheaton and
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Some of the stars gave speeches in support of Jess, and we’d like to share some of the highlights with you here.
Joss Whedon has been in the trenches for a while. We’ll let him tell you about it….
Eric Balfour has a new baby on the way, and he’s concerned about the future. Jess offers a future that makes him feel safe for his child.
John Billingsley supports Jess and encourges you to support her as well.
At a recent candidate debate, Jess was asked about her celebrity supporters. Of course it’s kind of cool to have support from these people, but when you think about the world of science fiction, it makes a lot of sense. Science fiction holds up a mirror to our society. It exposes not only the ills of today’s society, it also offers creative solutions.
If we are truly to live long and prosper, we need candidates like Jess Phoenix in office who have the expertise to save the planet from ourselves. Jess is not afraid to run toward a volcano to study; she’s not afraid to tackle the challenges faced not only by our district but also our nation.