Travis Morales

Travis Morales was a leader of the 1978 Moody Park Rebellion in Texas after Houston police murdered Joe Campos Torres one year earlier.   Six cops viciously beat Torres, handcuffed him, and threw him into Buffalo Bayou to drown. Two cops were convicted only of criminally negligent homicide—and fined $1. After the trial of the police, when police attacked a Cinco de Mayo celebration, over one thousand Chicanos and Mexicanos rose up.  The people won a small taste of justice. Five days later, Travis and two others (the Moody Park 3) were arrested, charged with “felony riot” with a bond of $500,000, and faced 140 years in prison.  The Moody Park 3 did not back down.  They were able to win the case after a seven year legal battle and walk free.  In the years since then, Travis Morales, as a long time supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party, 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.


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Travis Morales

Travis Morales was a leader of the 1978 Moody Park Rebellion in Texas after Houston police murdered Joe Campos Torres one year earlier.   Six cops viciously beat Torres, handcuffed him, and threw him into Buffalo Bayou to drown. Two cops were convicted only of criminally negligent homicide—and fined $1. After the trial of the police, when police attacked a Cinco de Mayo celebration, over one thousand Chicanos and Mexicanos rose up.  The people won a small taste of justice. Five days later, Travis and two others (the Moody Park 3) were arrested, charged with “felony riot” with a bond of $500,000, and faced 140 years in prison.  The Moody Park 3 did not back down.  They were able to win the case after a seven year legal battle and walk free.  In the years since then, Travis Morales, as a long time supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party, 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.


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