Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Donna Edwards and John Lewis, staging a sit-in on Capitol Hill, on June 22, 2016.
U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards—Reuters
June 22, 2016 7:24 PM EDT

House Democrats documented their sit-in for gun control legislation on social media Wednesday, after Republicans called the House into recess and cut the C-SPAN broadcast feed.

Led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis, Democratic representatives and senators shared information about the sit-in through pictures on Twitter and Instagram and live-stream video on Periscope, using the hashtags #HoldTheFloor #GoodTrouble and #NoBillNoBreak.

While Lewis’s long career in activism began with sit-ins during the civil rights movement, the wide use of social media on Wednesday demonstrated a shift in how Democrats sought to spread the word about their effort.

The photos and videos are technically a violation of rules that forbid photography in the House and Senate chambers.

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