Travis Morales

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Template:TOCnestleft Travis Morales was a leader of the 1978 Moody Park Rebellion in Texas after Houston police murdered Joe Campos Torres. Six Houston cops had viciously beaten Torres, handcuffed him, and threw him into the bayou to drown. Two cops were convicted only of manslaughter—and fined $1. When police attacked people celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Moody Park, several thousand Chicanos and Mexicanos rose up—overturning cop cars and driving the police out of the neighborhood for several hours. The people won a small taste of justice. Five days later, those in power struck back—Travis and two others (the Moody Park 3) were arrested, charged with "felony riot," and faced 140 years in prison. The Moody Park 3 did not back down. As Travis Morales recently recounted, "The three of us testified that we were revolutionary communists who were about making revolution to overthrow this system of oppression and misery." They were able to win the case and walk free.

In the years since then, Travis Morales has been active in and a leader in many different struggles, including in the fight against the repression of immigrants, police brutality, and mass incarceration.[1]

Ferguson

Carl Dix, Joey Johnson with bullhorn and Travis Morales with Indict the Killer Cop sign

On August 18, 2014, when the Missouri police arrested 75 people during a night of defiant protest in Ferguson, they singled out Carl Dix, Travis Morales, and Joey Johnson. Some so-called "community leaders" acting as the "peace police" worked with the official police to get the three communists arrested. One of these people, St. Louis politician Antonio French, physically attacked Joey Johnson and punched him in the face—and then bragged about having Carl Dix arrested. Carl Dix and Joey Johnson were singled out by Capt. Ron Johnson, front man for the violent repression of the protests, for additional, higher charges (so far those charges have not materialized).[2]

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  1. [http://revcom.us/a/350/who-are-the-communist-outside-agitators-in-ferguson-really-en.html. Revolution, Who Are the Communist “Outside Agitators” in Ferguson REALLY? And Who Are the Bootlickers Attacking Them? August 24, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us]
  2. [http://revcom.us/a/350/who-are-the-communist-outside-agitators-in-ferguson-really-en.html. Revolution, Who Are the Communist “Outside Agitators” in Ferguson REALLY? And Who Are the Bootlickers Attacking Them? August 24, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us]