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Snapshot from Richmond

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 20, 2009

Last Friday, the Richmond, Virginia, area was the scene of two rallies against the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and the administration's health care plan. One occurred in front of Sen. Mark Warner's office in Chesterfield County; the other was held in downtown Richmond on East Franklin Street where Sen. Jim Webb's office is located. Virginia Petroleum Council Executive Director Mike Ward shot video of the downtown demonstration and reported that approximately 200 people held signs and marched on both sides of the street between noon and 1:00 p.m.

Listen closely and you'll hear the protestors chanting, "No cap-and-trade!"

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the protests were organized by the Richmond Tea Party and Americans for Prosperity. An organizer said, "I would venture to say that most of these people have never done anything like this before."

Hat tip to Mike Ward!


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.