Some one hundred people (one for each year the Fed has existed) gathered in front of the Federal Reserve Building on Market St. in San Francisco on December 23rd, 2013. The occasion was the anti-celebration of the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve – Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created it one hundred years ago to the day.
The mission was to “Illuminate The Fed,” educating people about the Federal Reserve – which is not a Federal Agency, yet holds power over the economic vitals of the United States and much of the world.
Taking a cue frm the original Illuminator Project out of New York City, San Francisco’s Illuminator crew projected messages about the Fed onto its massive structure and adjacent buildings.
Jane Smith illuminated the crowd with a well-prepared and well-executed talk about what the Federal Reserve is (a private bank, owned by other, private, Wall Street banks) and what it does (controls the money supply to the benefits of its bankster owners). She was one of the original SF Occupiers in October of 2011, now of Occupy Bay Area United and Strike Debt Bay Area, and was one of the main organizers of the event.
Other speakers included a representative from End the Fed San Francisco, the Libertarian Party and the Thrive Movement, all addressing the problems with the Fed and why it should be eliminated after being illuminated.
Not illuminating anything were dozens of SFPD officers – but not enough, apparently, to prevent some enterprising graffiti artist to tag one of their vehicles appropriately. They accomplished nothing except the consumption of donuts, coffee and overtime.
After the illuminating and speaking came the marching. Thrice around the Federal Reserve Building, symbolizing the Biblical march around the Walls of Jericho.
Unfortunately, the Fed did not come crashing down.
We’re still working on it.