Ruby Roth and Justin Bua
Ruby Roth is an artist and author of the children’s books That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things and Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action. Featured on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, FOX, and other major media outlets, her books are the first in children’s literature to address the emotional lives of animals, factory farming, the environment, world hunger, and endangered species in regards to the foods we eat.
Ruby grew up in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Kauai—between cities, suburbs, and organic farms. Always interested in counter-cultures from Punk Rock and Hip Hop to labor, and civil rights movements, she attended UC Santa Cruz where she earned two BA degrees in American Studies and art. But even with a Punk-Rock sensibility, a vegetarian mom, even having spent 4 years in Santa Cruz—a vegan mecca—and even having lived with vegan housemates, it never occurred to her to go vegan herself until a raw food health experiment changed her life for the better. Ever since, she has sought out the most progressive information on health, nutrition, the emotional lives of animals, the animal agriculture industry, and the benefits of vegan and raw foods. She is proud that her eating habits finally match her values. More info at: www.WeDontEatAnimals.com
Groundbreaking artist Justin BUA is internationally known for his unique vision, melding urban rhythms, graffiti, and classical art training. Born in 1968 in NYC’s untamed Upper West Side and raised between Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, BUA was fascinated by the raw, visceral street life of the city.
Like many of his peers, he was raised by a single working mother and spent most of his time on the streets of NYC, b-boying, writing graffiti, and eating cheap fast food…from KFC wings to a gallon of milk every day. But unconsciously, the seeds of veganism were being planted in his future. BUA’s mother was a radical animal-lover, bringing rescued animals into her home any chance she got even though BUA was severely allergic (as if NYC wasn’t crazy enough!). He grew up with a sense of deep compassion for animals, but it wasn’t until he reached his 30s that he made the connection between his love for animals, the political traditions of Hip-Hop, and the food he was eating. He’s been a vegan since 1995. His super-smart, super-healthy daughter, age 7, has never had meat or dairy. More info at www.JustinBUA.com