10 months ago · Lisa Klink · Comments Off on Live Long and Prosper with CA-25 congressional candidate Jess Phoenix
“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.”