Kitsap County shall be a caring, supportive, and safe community for everyone that values each individual, celebrates individual differences, and recognizes the importance of each person's contribution.
> To advise county government and the Kitsap County community 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, and
> To promote equitable treatment of all people and reduce prejudice through education, resource referrals, and advocacy.
The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights released a statement March 18, 2022 declaring our concern and opposition to the many incidents of discrimination that have occurred within Kitsap County in recent months. We are disheartened by these blatant displays of racist, sexist, and religious bigotry. We stand with and support those who have endured racial slurs and vandalism, misogynistic treatment and comments, religious persecution, and discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.
The Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights takes place annually in December to coincide with International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on December 10 — the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 31st Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights in 2021 and gratitude to all the presenters who so generously shared their wisdom, experience and knowledge!
The Linda Gabriel Human Rights Awards are presented annually during the Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights. Recipients are nominated by the community for their extraordinary commitment to advancing and promoting human rights for all. The awards are named in honor of Linda Gabriel, a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, who passed away in 2014.
For a complete list of past recipients, please click
Applications are open for South Kitsap and Central Kitsap representatives to serve on the Council for Human Rights. Read the position description
here. To apply, click
The Council for Human Rights regularly meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the council is meeting virtually. Join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86039566803Meeting ID: 860 3956 6803To join by phone, call 253-215-8782
Submitting public comment
Internet UsersPlease click on the raise hand feature . The sound will be unmuted, and the Internet participant should announce her or his name. The participant will be called upon to speak at the appropriate time.Call-In UsersCallers will be unmuted one at a time and asked whether the caller wishes to offer public comment. The last four digits of the call-in number will be announced, and call-in participants should announce their First and Last name before speaking.Written Comments Written comments will be read during the public comment period if submitted to email@example.com by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Comments read are limited to two minutes. To ensure written public comments are read at the proper meeting, written statement should include:The date of the meeting the written comments are intended for;Participant’s First and Last Name and whether they live in Kitsap County; and
Agenda Item and/or subject the written comments refer to.
Kitsap County Timeline of Human Rights
Compiled by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights
Click here to view and download.
(Email suggested edits and additions here.)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948
The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights principal role is educational. It has no authority to investigate and make findings in a discrimination case. To file a discrimination complaint, contact the Washington State Human Rights Commission at www.hum.wa.gov.
Hate Crimes & Bias Incidents
Learn more about how to report hate crimes here through the Washington State Attorney General's Office.
To file a complaint related to housing, including rentals, contact the Fair Housing Center of Washington at https://www.hum.wa.gov/fair-housing
International Human Rights
Contact the United Nations Human Rights Council at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/Home.aspx.
For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at firstname.lastname@example.org
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