Alison Terry-Evans, Founder of Dirty Girls of Lesvos: The refugee crisis and the movement to reuse and recycle

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Alison Terry-Evans, Founder of Dirty Girls of Lesvos: The refugee crisis and the movement to reuse, recycle, and reduce

In October 2015, Alison founded Dirty Girls, an organization that launders discarded clothes, blankets, and other items then redistribute them to the island’s refugee camps. The group, staffed by volunteers and local employees, has saved more than 150 tons of material from landfills. In their excruciating journeys, refugees pour into the Greek island of Lesbos leaving luggage, clothes, and rubber dinghies. Alison, an Australian photographer who lives on Lesbos, instinctively recycles and reuses the discarded items to reduce the amount of waste on the island. Dirty Girls of Lesvos is staffed by volunteers and local employees, and they have saved tons of material from landfills. This February, we have the opportunity to hear from this extraordinary and forward-thinking environmentalist.

For the past three years, CODEPINK activists have traveled to Greece to support migrants and war refugees living in camps. We delivered much-needed baby shoes, socks, boxer briefs, hats, scarves, and gloves to mainland Greece and the island of Lesbos. After fleeing war and conflict in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, over 50,000 refugees in Greece are refused the right of movement in Europe. The situation is dire. UNICEF estimates 1800 unaccompanied minors are living in Greece waiting for shelter.

Monday, February 11, 2019 12:00pm-1:00pm, near San Francisco Ferry Building. Limited seating. RSVP needed for location.

When and Where
February 11, 2019 at 12pm - 1pm
near San Francisco Ferry Builidng
San Francisco , CA 94105
United States
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Toby Blomé Vj Moon Jane Nahass Gail Caswell Leslie Absher Sunaina Maira cindy read Lela Means Janice Kaplan Jane Segal sallie latch Tricia van Klaveren Rush Rehm Bernadette Moise Nancy Mancias Cynthia Papermaster Papermaster Jackie Barshak Martha Hubert

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  • Toby Blomé
    rsvped 2019-02-11 11:13:28 -0500
  • Vj Moon
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  • Jane Nahass
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  • Gail Caswell
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  • Leslie Absher
    commented 2019-02-03 19:07:43 -0500
    This sounds great. I often write about women change agents for Ms magazine. I look forwarding to attending this event and possibly writing a piece about it!
  • Leslie Absher
    rsvped 2019-02-03 19:04:19 -0500
  • Sunaina Maira
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  • cindy read
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  • Lela Means
    rsvped 2019-02-03 13:21:54 -0500
  • wootsietootsie
    commented 2019-02-03 13:08:51 -0500
    I’m very excited to finally meet the founder of Dirty Girls. As a volunteer on Samos, I heard lots about her group. While there I interviewed many regugees and local Greeks and volunteers. My interviews have ended up in a book called HEAR ME. One of the interviewees is Andrew Frania, a volunteer who had previously worked with Dirty Girls. And another friend, Kim Malcom, who met Alison on Lesvos, says “she is a Wonder.” I’m looking forward to meeting this Wonder Woman. In peace, Sallie Latch
  • Janice Kaplan
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  • Jane Segal
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  • sallie latch
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  • Tricia van Klaveren
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  • Rush Rehm
    rsvped 2019-02-03 12:09:34 -0500
  • Bernadette Moise
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  • Nancy Mancias
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  • Cynthia Papermaster Papermaster
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  • Jackie Barshak
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  • Martha Hubert
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