I hung out with Tony this past spring when I held an event for Loraine Lundquist, Los Angeles City Council candidate (earth activist and vegan!). Tony is a talented Grammy Award-winning musician who plays bass in No Doubt and DREAMCAR. He is also an intelligent and passionate activist! He supports a wide range of powerful nonprofits and is a co-founder of the Circle V vegan music festival. If you scroll through Tony’s social media, you’ll see him marching at animal rights protests with his family, loving up on animals at various sanctuaries, and rocking out on stage. Tony – you are stellar! Thank you for all that you do and letting me interview you!
How long have you been vegan?
Why did you make the change?
Following the shift, did you notice impacts it immediately had on you?
The biggest impact that going vegan had on me was that I was no longer living in a gray area in which I was still contributing to the exploitation of some animals. Now my actions are aligned with my values. And of course I can take comfort in the fact that living vegan is our best bet for fighting climate change, taking care of our own bodies, working towards the elimination of global hunger, just to name a few benefits.
How has your family, friends, and co-workers responded to your diet and health changes?
When your diet comes up in conversation with non-veggie friends, do you have a favored elevator pitch to encourage them to eat more plants? If so, what is it?
What is a typical?
Breakfast: avocado toast and coffee
Lunch: burrito or veggie burger
Dinner: tacos or sushi or a protein bowl
Snack: cheese & crackers, chips and dip
What are some of your favorite spots to dine at (in whichever city you spend the most time)?
Do you have a favorite book or film that you like to share with friends who are vegan-curious?
What non-profit organizations are you energized and inspired by?