The Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL) will host its annual community debate this Saturday, April 27, from 1-4 p.m. at Brown. The event partners RIUDL’s high school debaters with elected officials, nonprofit leaders, attorneys, parents, teachers, and Brown debaters to argue over a variety of relevant topics. Past debates have examined issues as varied as whether Providence should implement a bike-sharing program to whether dictators who step down from office should be granted amnesty. This year’s debate will be co-hosted by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline crowning the 2013 champion. The community debate serves as the annual fundraiser for RIUDL, a nonprofit organization that works closely with Rhode Island’s urban schools and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University in order to improve academic outcomes and increase college readiness through policy debate programs. Founded in 1999, the RIUDL now engages 13 high schools and more than 150 students from Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket. More information is available online at

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