Uniting the small miners
Have you ever wondered what is it going to take to stop this insanity of politicians and environmental groups from taking away our rights? Well, it is pretty simple really. First, we need to understand why the opposition to the small mining community, public land users, hunters, fishermen, off-roaders and other outdoor groups are so successful. In a few words, they are united and they have a level of communication we don’t. Have you wondered how to combat the lies these people tell about suction dredging? With information and facts. Not many of us can rattle off the suction dredge study performed by Claudia Wise and Joseph Greene, quote US –v- Hicks, Granite Rock or the articles in the ICMJ about using a water pump without a permit. But that will change.
We plan to change it. If we are to stop this, we must become united as we never have been before. We must be able to notify all of our community what is happening, what their rights are, what they need to do to help and we must do it in a precise and expedient manner. We’ve all received the “calls to action” emails where we have literally a day or two to write a Congressman, DFG, USFS or some other agency to voice opposition to a bill or regulation intent upon taking away more of our rights or public lands. We currently rely on forwarding emails sent to one, then another, then another with the hopes of reaching as many people as possible. This is ineffectual and needs to change. Our opposition is organized, and we must be just as well organized.
So what do we do to change this? Let’s take California and start there. Delta Gold Diggers President, Robert Guardiola and AMRA are teaming up together to hold a meeting with every leader of every gold chapter, gold club, retail facility, manufacturer and association in California on March 14th in Sacramento. This meeting will establish a list of contacts and the protocol to quickly and concisely distribute calls to action for the small mining community. This WILL NOT be used to promote any entity, it will be used exclusively for “getting out the word on important and urgent matters”. Urgent matters like bills which the political left seems so fond of trying to pass to ban mining, close large swaths of public land or other freedom opposing issues. The calls to action will be sent to the heads of each of these clubs, companies and associations, then forwarded to their members, followers and contacts. This should enable our industry to reach the most people in the shortest time.
The NRA started small, got organized and now is the largest voice for the 2nd Amendment in America. We need to do the same thing, not just for California, but for every state. We are going to start with California, then move on to Washington where they are literally under attack from the environmental groups and the politicians in their pockets. Then Idaho, Oregon, Montana and so on.
We are compiling notebooks for every person in attendance to this meeting which show the science, studies, court cases and documentation which conclusively show suction dredging is not harmful to fish, but in fact helps it. It will also contain facts and laws on rights of access pertaining to public lands and federal mining claims. It is time, long past time we all join together and the mining community is provided with all the tools at their disposal to combat the propaganda promulgated by our opposition. Wouldn’t it be nice to pull out a notebook which lists all the studies performed in the last 30 years on suction dredging which dispels the lies? These publications will also be available to anyone and everyone on line on the AMRA website or any other website who wishes to provide it to the small mining community. We must educate our people with the truth, they in turn can educate the next generation, which, unless we do something now will not exist in small mining. We need to get past the notion of someone needing to take credit for creating a publication like this which is why we are not even putting AMRA’s name on this. It is for all miners and it is time we share the knowledge, without ego’s getting in the way. We have invited Joe Greene to speak at this event to cover the science behind suction dredging. We have also invited a few others which will empower those in attendance with knowledge, science and facts surrounding the attack on small mining.
If you are a President or Board member of a gold club, a business owner which deals with small mining, a manufacturer or other entity which has members or a customer base which can help fight the stunning attack on small mining, contact us about attending this event. The date scheduled is March 14th, 2015 in Sacramento CA. We will announce the location of the meeting once we can ascertain how many will be in attendance. Inquiries into this event can be made at: email@example.com
Another opportunity we are missing is to partner with other public land users such as the off-roaders, the fishermen and women, the hunters and the hikers. They need to understand that what these politicians and environmental groups are doing will affect them immensely. They should be our allies as most of these groups we deal with have the same fundamental values we do and that is of freedom, independence and liberty. There is a fundamental difference between a “right” and a “privilege”. Privilege is what the hunters, hikers and other public land use people have in regards to public lands. Mining claim owners have “rights”. Rights that are passed by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States which cannot be taken away, no matter how hard they try. Partnering with these other groups will help to explain what happens to them when these freedom killing bills and regulations are passed. In other words………we must unite, all of us to preserve what we love for future generations. Because if we don’t fight now, who will?
If you are a retailer, a gold club or a manufacturer, please send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm your attendance.