Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was in a meeting with Trita Parsi, who leads the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization. Suddenly, the Congressman’s scheduler came into the meeting and handed him a note. His mother called, and this was the message she sent to her son:
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) June 22, 2016
Needless to say, the meeting was quickly over and Ellison made his way to the House floor to join his colleagues. He tweeted that he was joining the sit-in “against Gun violence & Majority’s unwillingness to protect Americans from slaughter.”
Sitting in on House Floor against Gun violence & Majority's unwillingness to protect Americans from slaughter. pic.twitter.com/SvZ5cV45nn
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 22, 2016
The sit-in began Wednesday morning and House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned at 11:30am. They were scheduled to have an afternoon session, but that didn’t happen. When the House is in recess, no video can be fed to C-SPAN. As a result, Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) picked up his cell phone and began to broadcast the speakers to Periscope. C-SPAN picked up the feed and are now using that to broadcast the sit-in live.