In this March 21, 2018, photo, Elizabeth Andrews poses as she works from her house northwest Washington. Andrews had no idea what she was getting into when she sent out an innocent tweet offering to host young protesters coming to Washington for Saturday's March For Our Lives in support of stronger gun control measures. Within hours her tweet had taken on a life of its own, with thousands of likes and retweets, and Andrews found herself running an ad hoc volunteer network that includes more than 1600 families willing to host demonstrators. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Tweet offering home to gun protesters launches movement

March 23, 2018 - 12:35 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 1,000 people attending Saturday's big gun-control rally in Washington will be staying in the homes of D.C. residents - thanks to a single tweet.

Elizabeth Andrews says she wasn't an activist or a regular Twitter user when she tweeted an offer to host the mostly young protesters coming to the nation's capital.

But the Washington attorney's tweet was repeatedly retweeted and people started contacting her. She soon found herself running a volunteer network with more than 1,500 families willing to host demonstrators. That means more homes are available than demonstrators seeking lodging.

The March For Our Lives rally is expected to be the largest in Washington since last year's massive women's march.

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