One of the ring leaders of Occupy Chicago Saturday night was University of Memphis teacher James Raines. Here is a clip of the crowd that night.
Raines, joined with other Communist young leaders Jordan Farrar (of the Young Communist League and Organizing for America), and Gabe Niechcial. Farrar organized a rally in 2009 for Obama’s health care bill featuring leftist Maryland Democrat Congressman Elijah Cummings.
Raines is with the Marxist Student Union at the U of M. In fact, he is the Second Officer of the group of 10. Their website, marxiststudentunion.blogspot.com/ lists as their purpose “to educate the campus community about Marxism, to promote the study of Marxist theory and thought, to advocate social and political action from a Marxist perspective.”
On his facebook page, , Raines lists his political views as Communist Party USA and the people who inspire him are Karl Marx, Lenin, Joe Hill, Che Guevara and Buddha. He has a picture of Jesus in the temple with a banner reading “The Original Occupy Wall Street Protester.”
Wonder what he teaches at U of M?