Extremism, in all its forms, will be discussed in Brent Civic Centre at a Question Time style event this Autumn.
Taking place on Monday 3 October, the event is part of the Council's wider 'It's Time to Talk' campaign which aims to empower the community to talk about difficult issues and work together to develop grassroots strategies to tackle them. Hate crime was discussed at a successful event in July and important challenges such as child sexual exploitation, gangs and domestic abuse & harmful practices are all expected to be discussed at separate events throughout the year.
Extremism is defined as 'the holding of extreme political or religious views'. The Council would like all members of Brent's community to come along to the event, take part in a panel discussion and workshops and drive real, community-led solutions to the issues raised. All forms of extremism will be discussed and the event aims to develop grassroots strategies to empower the community to unite and tackle the scourge of extremism.
Alex Krasodomski-Jones from leading think tank Demos, Dr Varun Uberoi from Brunel University and Dr Sara Silvestri from City University London will take their seats on the panel, along with Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities.
Cllr Pavey said:
"The issue of extremism, and how best to prevent it, is a complex, emotive, and highly debated one.
"Here in Brent, our aim is to use this event to really involve the community and create real, community-led solutions to tackle the issue of extremism, in all its forms, in our Borough. I hope that residents from all backgrounds will come along and share their ideas."
The event will take place on Monday 3 October 2016 from 6pm to 9pm at Brent Civic Centre and tickets can be booked via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/its-time-to-talk-extremism-tickets-27457119985.