This website has been started by me Dr. Ron Suarez and my wife Margarete Koenen. Contact us if you would like to be a part of the team turning our efforts into a cooperatively run Enterprise. No matter who you are supporting for president, our strongest belief is in defending democracy. This incarnation of the website began in February, 2020, with a focus intended to empower neighborhood groups around local issues. By mid March we began to quickly reorient our purpose towards helping neighbors connect for Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 crisis.
History of the name
I originally registered this domain name in 2012 with a different kind of Mutual Aid in mind. We wanted to help people fire their cable company by getting tech support from their neighbors. Except that we failed at competing with the likes of Comcast, here’s how it would have worked. We looked into Twilio and had planned to have consumers dial one phone number to get help. Then, we would have had text messages sent to the four teenagers who lived walking distance from the consumer, in Brooklyn, NY. The first teenager who replied to take the job would show up with a homemade HDTV antenna and information about setting up low cost Internet access. Here is a video of me showing people how to make an HDTV antenna with recycled coat hangers and $3 in parts. New York City has over 50 broadcast television stations that are completely free since they are ” over the air.”
Our Personal Info
Soon our fourth grandchild will be born. We are trying to do our small part in saving the planet from climate crisis by promoting democracy. In 2006 I was elected to Ann Arbor city council for one term. In 2011, we were web developers number 1 and 2 for the website that registered 9,000 users in 100 working groups for Occupy Wall Street.
In 2016 I was elected as a delegate from New York CD 14 and pledged to Bernie Sanders. That is the same district in which AOC was elected and I helped in a small way to petition to get her on the ballot.
In 2018 I suffered a serious spinal cord injury. I am still recovering and partially paralyzed. I am finally healthy enough to be working on this website and GreenNewDeal.earth
Margarete writes all of the code and does the graphic design work. She has also combined her creative artwork to get others spreading messages on social media with examples like this in 2016: