Of the dozens of young people who are preparing themselves to lead through BAUDL, ten young people from Oakland and Emeryville put on quite a show last Thursday for the BAUDL Great Debates, hosted by the Bay Area Urban Debate League and Standing to Represent Our Next Generation. The night’s debates hinged on two crucial issues: whether American troops should remain or withdraw from the conflict in Afghanistan; and whether to repeal California’s controversial Proposition 13.
The students were incredibly impressive; many accomplished lawyers were in the audience, and even they were deeply moved by the eloquence and poise of these young leaders. Please join us in giving appreciation to the hard work that these students put in, doing hours of original research, writing, and speech practice to make the night truly special. Praise is due also to all the teacher-coaches and volunteers without whom a night like this would never be possible.