I listened to Shannon Poe, President and CEO of AMRA, for well over an hour tonight on GPS Radio. The lines were busy trying to call in. There were promises of things in the pipeline for AMRA, but nothing specific. If this org works for small miners, then God Bless.
I would like to see more outreach to lawmakers; educators; fishing clubs; Four-Wheeler and Off-road clubs; elementary, high school, and college presentations/lectures; and lastly the print and electronic press.
Right now the entire focus seems to be on "uniting the miners" which sounds great, but preaching to the choir mostly fattens AMRA coffers and does little to educate the public and the lawmakers and judges deciding how/if we will mine in the future. Making AMRA healthy isn't a bad thing, if you agree with how your donation is used, and you can make it to one of their claims on vacation.
I have been pretty hard on MMAC, PLP, and AMRA. I don't like focusing 99.5% of donations to Court Costs. Everyone thinks Mr. Poe is for real, so I think I need to slow my roll, take a breath, and see how this plays for a while.