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Contagious Festival Draws Longtime Political Activist and Grandson In Dramatic Battle Over Best Poli

Added: (Mon Sep 11 2006)

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Los Angeles, CA — A political activist who has been jailed with Country Singer Kris Kristoferson and Musician Jackson Browne for anti-war protests, has entered into a new fight today (Sept. 11, 2006) with his grandson in a battle to win 1st place this month in the “Contagious Festival.” Political Activist Keith Shirey of Pasadena, CA and his Grandson, Jesse Bailey are competing for the $2,500 prize in the Festival, which is an interactive contest online, which is decided by the most viewers of the presentation. The most popular sites rise to the top of the website live rankings and get the attention of a panel of esteemed political judges. Their presentation is called “Bushland – A Jesse Bailey Flash Video.” It can be publicly viewed at: http://bushland.cf.huffingtonpost.com.

The winner will be determined by which offering gets the most views at the “Contagious Festival.” Shirey, who has won fights against mega giant E-Bay for political censorship, also received death threats for selling his political art work on e-bay which ridiculed President Bush and the Republican Party (Http://www.progressive2008.com). Jesse, whose other grandfather is the famous jazz drummer, Donald Bailey, has already received several job offers because of the quality of his work on the Flash Video.

“I’m not surprised,” said Shirey. “Creativity runs in the family. Jesse was drawing like a professional artist when he was 12.”

The contest began on Sept. 1, 2006 and because the duo entered eight days late, they are some 50,000 views behind the top entry. “It doesn’t bother me, “ said Jesse Bailey. “Artists are always racing to catch up when they have to meet deadlines. The Huffington Post gets a huge amount of traffic. We’ve got a good chance. I’m not worried.”

The Flash Video criticizes Bush and the Republicans as being a menace to the planet, and the health and lives of the American people. The video also appears on Shirey’s web site, Http://www.progressive2008.com. Due to the unrestrained attack on President Bush and the Republican Party, Shirey has received death threats and charges of being a traitor.

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Submitted by:Keith Shirey
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