"Shawn's amazing journey from being shocked at a mean-spirited act of discrimination to becoming the founder and executive director of the Unique People's Voting Project is a tale told by a naturally gifted storyteller. This is a side of Los Angeles unexplored in literature. Shawn's intelligence, his insight into people both disabled and not, and his passion are a wonder to behold."
What would happen if 40 million disabled citizens organized their vote and took power in America? Shawn Casey O'Brien's literary memoir For The Love Of Long Shots looks at the off-beat, humane possibilities as a rag tag group of disabled rebels lay the groundwork for just such a bloodless, democratic revolution. From motivating millions to register and vote, to ending voter suppression and wholeheartedly encouraging the electorate to "lie to the polls" and then simply vote their conscience, For The Love Of Long Shots takes an irreverent, if not realistic, look at what ails American democracy today and how best to save it-one disabled vote at a time.
Shawn is the former Executive Director of the Unique People's Voting Project (UP) and was instrumental in registering and getting out the votes of a hundred thousand disabled citizens and their families. He is also the former lead singer/songwriter of the 1980's Los Angeles punk band The Cripples whose music was featured on the Jack Nitzsche produced soundtrack of Cruising, starring Al Pacino. UP was inducted into the Voter Registration Hall of Fame by Secretary of State, Bill Jones, in June 2000. Shawn lives in Santa Monica, California where he brews award-winning beers and premium dry meads.