Photos: Organizers throw a secret party underneath McMillan Park to protest development.
D.C. activist Adam Eidinger and anti-imperialist organization Code Pink planned the event in honor of Ariel Vegosen of Code Pink's birthday. She travelled to Palestine, Turkey, France, Italy, Greece, and then back to Palestine before returning stateside on Friday.
For Vegosen, the festivities were a way to culminate her time abroad, and draw connections between global struggles, whether "Palestinians working every day to overcome occupation" or the planned development of McMillan Park. "Our existence here is a form of resistance," she says of the party's location.
Many of the people in attendance were old pros of setting up movable feasts in the sand, thanks to their time at Burning Man. They quickly morphed the underground vaults into a stunning scene for a celebration. Organizers unfurled strings of lights, lit candles, and set up a flame-filled bar and a car battery-powered DJ booth, as well as a donation box for Friends of McMillan Park.