Parli.org is the central website for Urban Parli Debate, Club Parli, the POI Debate Institute, and the Pacific Coast Debate League. Here you will find information about the the three organizations’ activities, what they offer, and the impact they have on the parliamentary debate community.
Urban Parli Debate is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing increased racial and socioeconomic diversity in debate. Urban Parli was founded in 2018 and established its first free debate program at Oakland’s Edna Brewer Middle School. The organization provides best-in-class coaching and access to tournament opportunities at no cost to the debaters or their families.
Club Parli, founded in 2016, provides debate coaching to Bay Area debaters. Club Parli primarily partners with schools and currently provides coaching and directs the programs for Belmont Oaks Academy, Bishop O’Dowd High School, Crystal Springs Uplands School Middle School, Enlighten Chinese School, and Mentoring Academy. In addition to working with its academic partners, Club Parli also provides after-school enrichment programs and a club team for debaters lacking a school debate program.
The POI Debate Institute is the nation’s best high school and middle school parliamentary debate program. Founded in 2013 with programs at Loyola Marymount University and the University of Oregon, the Institute moved to its current base of operations at UC Berkeley in 2014. Since 2014 the program has expanded in size and scope and has added a second program at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The Institute’s alumni include some of the nation’s best parliamentary debaters and each summer attracts debaters from around the world. The Institute also has a robust need-based scholarship program and annually provides over $20,000 in financial aid.
The Pacific Coast Debate League was established in 2018 as an independent league for debaters in the Urban Parli and Club Parli ecosystems. The Pacific Coast Debate League provides a minimum of six tournaments during the competition year. These tournaments are known for their efficiency, judge training, topical resolutions, and a deep respect for the debaters and their parents.
The Parli.org site was named Point of Information until fall 2018 and under that name operated as the central website for high school parliamentary debate, a role that has since been taken on by the National Parliamentary Debate League. Our extensive archive of news and opinion pieces serves as a valuable historical resource for those wanting to gain a better understanding of the evolution of this wonderful activity. So, please take a little time to explore our history.