Pete O’Neal was the chairman of the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party. On October 30, 1969, he was arrested for the transporting of a gun across state lines (under a law implemented only two weeks prior to his arrest). He fled to Algeria, a year later and then to Tanzania, where he still lives in exile. Together with his wife, Charlotte, he is the co-founder of the United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC) in the village of Imbaseni, near the northern city of Arusha, Tanzania. Since then he and his wife Charlotte have taken in over twenty orphans and other children of families too poor to support them. The O’Neals are feeding and educating these children in the Leadership Academy they have founded.
On this edition of Jaws of Justice Radio host Allie Bush talks with Justice Advocate, Alvin Sykes and Author Steve Penn about their campaign to get a Presidential Pardon for Pete O’Neal. They will also talk about Steve’s book “Case For A Pardon” that tells Pete’s story from his youth, what led him to the Black Panthers, his life affirming work since his arrival in Africa and the case for a pardon.
Link to a January, 2012 LA Times article on Pete: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-black-panther-20120129-html,0,2641122.htmlstory