Stephen welcomes Shadow Home Secretary to Cardiff, to hear about young people’s efforts to tackle extremism

Stephen welcomed Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper to the area on Monday, to hear about the work young people have been doing to tackle extremism.

Stephen is pictured with members of the Make a Choice, See a Change group.

Stephen is pictured with members of the Make a Choice, See a Change group.

The Opposition front-bencher visited the Make a Choice, See a Change project in Butetown, to hear what young people feel needs to be done in order to protect the community from the influence of Islamist extremists.

The project, led by social enterprise Movement for Change and supported by Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen, aims to tackle extremist recruitment, improve the way that young Muslims are viewed, improve relationships with the police, and equip young people with the tools and knowledge to challenge what they see and hear online.

It follows efforts by members of the community working with Movement for Change to tackle another issue – discarded needles on playing fields used by children and local football teams – holding local decision makers to account in the process.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper visits the Make a Choice, See a Change project.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper visits the Make a Choice, See a Change project.

Muna Eliyah, a leader in the project said: “Throughout this journey our aim became to not only organise as Muslim youths and help to represent young Muslims, but to also protect them against radicalisation and stereotypes by showing what we really are: just young people with ambitions and aspirations like every other young person in Britain.

“We’re hopeful about the future and our ability to make change.”

Stephen added: “What these young people have achieved, with the help of Movement for Change, is quite incredible. They are doing fantastic work in the community, on a vitally important issue.

“These are the real poster men and women for Butetown and Grangetown – not the very small minority who have become involved with extremism.”

* Movement for Change was created as a not for profit social enterprise to bridge the gap between politics and people’s concerns in local communities. Movement for Change builds movements that mobilise the power of people to together take action for themselves, in the place they live or work, on the issues that matter to them.

 

 

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