Kitsap County Council for Human Rights


Call for content proposals and awards nominations for the

30th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 4, to be held virtually

Content Proposal Submissions - Deadline October 30

Proposals are now being accepted for the 30th Annual Conference for Human Rights scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 4 and hosted by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights. This year's theme of Reflection, Renewal, and Radical Joy focuses on providing connective, restorative and nourishing content for all those advocating for human rights.

Due to COVID-19 physical distancing precautions, this year’s conference will be online – and still interactive! Content proposals may include workshops, presentations, panels, discussions, interactive activities, or performances. The submission deadline is October 30. Questions? Contact

Examples and Inspiration for Content

Reflection, Renewal, and Radical Joy: the 30th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

Conference organizers are seeking proposals that reflect the conference theme. Especially welcome is interactive content that provides a chance for human rights advocates to connect for mutual support, restoration, and nourishment. Please don't worry if you haven't previously submitted content for an online conference. Members of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights will be ready to coach and support you with the technology.

Here are some ideas to inspire your proposals:

 >  Storytelling, poetry, or singing

 >  Art, music, and instruments

 >  Dance, stretching, or movement

 >  Panels, interviews, or facilitated conversations focused on support, restoration, or nourishment

 >  Strategies and skills for building community-care and self-care into organizing and advocacy

Click here to go to the online content proposal submission form. 

Linda Gabriel Awards - Nominations now open for 2020

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Linda Gabriel Awards, which will be presented during the 30th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights Dec. 4 (to be held virtually). 

The Linda Gabriel Awards (formerly known as the Wall of Fame Awards) recognize significant contributions to human rights efforts in Kitsap County in four categories: Youth, Adult, Organization and Lifetime Achievement. The awards are presented annually in honor of Linda Gabriel, a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, who died in 2014.

Please check the list of past recipients below before submitting a nomination.

The deadline for 2020 nominations is Nov. 6. 

For more information and to submit an online nomination form, click here.

For a complete list of past recipients, please click here.


Mission of the Council for Human Rights

  > To advise county government and 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.


Council for Human Rights meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.

To join the meeting, click here:

To join by phone, call 253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 873 4364 2297
Passcode: 791915 

For members of the public wishing to comment during designated public comment, the following options are available. Each member of the public is limited to two minutes of Internet, call-in, or written comments. At the discretion of the meeting Chair, public comment that is overly repetitive or inappropriate (vulgar, disruptive, etc.) will be ended. 
Internet Users
Please 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 Users
Callers 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 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.

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.

​2020 Work Plan

Council for Human Rights 2020 Work Plan

​2020 Agendas / Minutes

​January 12   Retreat (held at Eagle's Nest, Kitsap County Fairgrounds)
​February 18
​March meeting - CANCELLED
April 21 
May 19 - Remote meeting via Zoom.
June 16 - Remote meeting via Zoom.
July 21 -  Remote meeting via Zoom. 
​August 18 - Remote meeting via Zoom.
​September 15 - Remote meeting via Zoom. 
​October 20 - Remote meeting via Zoom. Information above.

​2019 Agendas / Minutes

January 12
February 19
March 19
April 16
May 21
​June 18
July 16
August 20
September 16
​October 15
​November 19
December 17




​Term Ending

Maria Fergus​District 112/31/21
Dionne Deschenne
​District 112/31/23
James Cash
​District 1​12/31/21
​District 112/31/21
​Judy Arbogast​District 2​12/31/20
Carolyn La Jeunesse​District 2​12/31/21
Janae Jenkins
​District 2
​Airen Lydick​District 2​12/31/20
Stephanie Sayo
​District 3
​Mollie Moisan​District 3​12/31/21
Zana Gearllach
​District 3​12/31/22
Heather Moritz
​District 3​12/31/23
Brenda Calderon
​Marcie Mathis​At-Large​12/31/21
Susie Beil


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. To file a discrimination complaint, contact the Washington State Human Rights Commission at

Rental Complaints

To file a complaint related to housing, including rentals, contact the Fair Housing Center of Washington at

International Human Rights

Contact the United Nations Human Rights Council at




For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at (360) 337-4650 or


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