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Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights December 15 focuses on "Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward"

The 27th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Olympic College in Bremerton. This year's theme is "Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward."

Tickets are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets. Follow the link here or go to Ticket prices are $25 for youth 18 and under; $40 for adults; and $50 for adults including an informational table to share materials from non-profit organizations. All ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Parking is free.

The Council for Human Rights is honored to announce the conference keynote speaker is Clarence Moriwaki, president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and founder and past president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association. He will present "History, Honor, Healing and Hope: The timeless - and timely - story of the devastating impacts of fear, prejudice, intolerance and failure of political leadership during World War II, and the hopeful, healing power of redemption to let it not happen again."

Keynote speaker Clarence Moriwaki      Photo by John Notler

Historical Perspectives and Moving Forward
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017
Olympic College, Bremerton Campus, Bremer Student Center

2017 Workshop List:
“Sharing Stories and Increasing Community Capacity: Building Facilitation Skills" with Airen Lydick of Kitsap SURJ who also volunteers with Civil Survival, NAACP 1134 and the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center.

- “Experiencing a Restorative Circle" with Robert Galbraith and Sue Miglino of the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County.

- “Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - Violations of Human Rights" with Emma Catague, an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking and Velma Veloria, local Filipino American who works with labor unions.

- “Reconciliation: An Approach to Teaching About Race, Ethnicity, Ex Identity and other Controversial Topics: with Karen Vargas, co-director of the Living Arts & Cultural Heritage Center and founding member of the Multicultural Advisory Council of the Bainbridge Island School District, and Karen Polinsky, writer and former teacher.

- “Is Washington State Violating Human Rights When it Comes to Equity in Education" with Sharonne Navas. co-founder and executive director of the Equity in Education Coalition

- “Quilts and Human Rights - Historically and Today" with Marcie Mathis, avid quilter and longtime human rights advocate.

- “Archaic Voting Systems Cripple Democracy - The Case for Election Reform" with Data Logan, scientist, engineer and founding member of FairVoteWA, working to improve voting systems.

Tentative Conference Schedule:

8-8:30 a.m.             Registration, Sign-In, Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.         Welcome / Logistics / Acknowledge Dignitaries

8:45-9 a.m.              Kitsap County Council for Human Rights presentation

9-10:15 a.m.            Keynote: Clarence Moriwaki

10:15-10:30 a.m.      Morning Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.   Panel “Personal Perspectives and the Path Forward”

11:30-12:15 p.m.      Lunch / Table Conversations / Awards  

12:15-1:30 p.m.        Session A workshops

1:30-1:45 p.m.          Transition/Break

1:45-3 p.m               Session B workshops

3:00-3:15 p.m.          Transition back to Bremer Student Center

3:15-3:50 p.m.          Closing Conversations for Community Action

3:50-4 p.m.               Closing Remarks

Presented by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights with generous support  from our sponsors including the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Olympic College, United Way of Kitsap County, WestSound Home & Garden and Paperbacks Plus.

To view footage of the 2016 Conference for Human Rights that was rescheduled to Feb. 2017 due to inclement weather, click here.
Adult panel only, click here.
Youth panel only, click here.
Thanks to BKAT for providing this!!

Click here for Community Engagement ideas from the Human Rights Conference Feb. 3, 2017.

Kitsap County Council for Human Rights

The mission of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights is twofold:
  1. Advise county government and Kitsap County residents on issues related to discrimination, violence and harassment based on race or national origin, religion, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status;
  2. Promote the equitable treatment of all citizens and reduce prejudice through the development of prevention policies, education, resource, referrals, and advocacy.

The Council usually meets the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Rose Room of Harrison Medical Center, 1800 NW Myhre, Silverdale.

The council will not hold a regular business meeting in December since the annual conference is December 15, 2017.

In lieu of its regular business meeting in January, the council will hold a retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Long Lake Community Center.

January 2016 June 2016 November 1, 2016
February 2016 (Retreat) July 2016 November 15, 2016
March 2016 August 2016 November 29, 2016
April 2016 September 2016 (Retreat) December 6, 2016
May 2016 October 2016 December 20, 2016
Fifteen unpaid volunteers from throughout the county who are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for three-year terms.

Kitsap County Council for Human Rights
District 1
Name Term Ends
Position 1 Rob Purser 12/31/17
Position 2 Andrea Hendricks 12/31/18
Position 3 Jeff Doyle Steele 12/31/19
Position 4 Michael Uhlig 12/31/19
District 2  
Postion 1 Judy Arbogast 12/31/17
Postion 2 Brandy Williams 12/31/19
Position 3 Alice Gray 12/31/19
Position 4 Vacant  
District 3    
Position 1 Imelda Moore 12/31/17
Position 2 James Data Logan 12/31/18
Position 3 Vacant  
Position 4 Vacant  
At-Large Positions
Position 1 Jeffrey Stelmach 12/31/18
Position 2 Marcie Mathis 12/31/18
Position 3 Tracy Flood 12/31/18

Discrimination Complaints
The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights principal role is educational. It has no authority to investigate and make findings in a discrimination case. If you feel that you have been a victim of discrimination and would like to file a complaint, contact the state Human Rights Commission at
Rental Complaints
If you have a housing/rental complaint, contact the Fair Housing Center of Washington at
Work Plans
Want to know what the Human Rights Council is up to? Check out:
2016 Work Plan
2017 Work Plan
Staff Contact
For more information on the Council for Human Rights, contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services Coordinator Rebecca Pirtle at:
(360) 337-4650 or