SF Bay Area

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

February 11, 2019 @ 6:37 PM – 7:37 PM
Nancy Mancias

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. RSVP here 

CodePink is a women's grassroots-initiated, worldwide organization of women and men working for peace, social justice and a green economy. CodePink SF serves the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.


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