Kitsap County Council for Human Rights


  > To 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, and

  > To promote equitable treatment of all citizens and reduce prejudice through prevention, education, resource referrals and advocacy.



TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE! Please visit our site at Brown Paper Tickets:

The 29th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019 at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton. This year's theme is "Policing Human Rights: our bodies, our spaces, our cultures." The conference is organized by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and sponsors include Olympic College and the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

General ticket categories: Adult, Youth, Adult with Informational Table. Sponsorship levels of support are also available, with proceeds helping to fund youth scholarships. See the link to the online ticket sales website above.  

This year's conference begins with a complimentary continental breakfast and welcome. The rest of the morning and early afternoon feature opportunities to select from 20 interactive programs (listed below) exploring the theme of the conference. A delicious lunch is followed by a human rights and social justice sing-along. The afternoon culminates in a facilitated panel discussion with organizations engaging community around policing issues and impacts. 

2019 Interactive Programs (content and schedule may shift slightly):

> "Working with the Brain: An Embodied Approach to Flight, Fight, and Freeze," Life Keys Energy

> "Teaching Consent: Tips for Advocating for Yourself and Others," Planned Parenthood West Sound Teen Council

> "The Origins of Policing in America," Civil Survival

> "Kurdish Culture," Sheelan Abdulla

> "Understanding Immigration Policy Changes and Local Impacts," Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center

> "Police And Communities Together," Partnering for Youth Achievement

> "Eternos Indocumentados: Root Causes of Forced Migration from Central America to PNW," International Migrants Alliance and Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality

> "Mindfulness," Kendra Broadbent

> "Policing Black Bodies: History of Black Codes, White Supremacy, and Racial Terror after Emancipation," Peggi Erickson & Karen Vargas

> "The Welcome Home Project: A Human Dignity Re-entry Model," Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

> "Building a Welcoming Community: Promoting Equity and Advancing Human Rights," Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and Kitsap Showing Up for Racial Justice 

> "Biases: We All Have Them," Maria Fergus

> "Steps to Building Trust Between Police and Community," Not This Time

> Open respite space for chilling, coloring, journaling, chatting, etc., hosted by Kitsap County Council for Human Rights

> "Policing Disabled Bodies through Policy and Perception," Sheila Northrop

> "Suspension, Expulsion, and Disrupting the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline: How Prevention Policies and Advocacy Promote Equity and Reduce the Impact of Implicit Bias in Education," Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Early Learning Center at Tacoma Community College

> "Pull Together: Fighting Trans Mountain" (Pipeline and Tar Sands Expansion in Tsleil Waututh First Nation Territory), Mary Lovell & Kayah George

> "The Worldwide Impacts of the Systemic Dismantling of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program," Washington Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance

> "The Cost of Choice for Human Trafficking Survivors," Scarlet Road

> "Pete Seeger: A Lifetime of Singing for Human Rights and Social Justice, " Hank & Claire

If you need special accommodations, you will be asked to provide details when you receive a confirmation for your ticket purchase.

Meals will feature vegetarian, vegan and glucose-free menu items.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Pirtle at (360) 337-4650,


Linda Gabriel / Wall of Fame Award Recipients

Applications are now open to nominate individuals and organizations for 2019 Linda Gabriel Awards.

Click here to complete the nomination form. Deadline for submissions is November 8.

The Linda Gabriel Awards (formerly known as the Wall of Fame Awards) are presented each year at the annual Conference for Human Rights to recognize youth, adults, organizations and lifetime achievements  in our community that have made significant contributions to human rights efforts in Kitsap County. Linda Gabriel, who passed away in 2014, was a founder of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights in the late 1980s.

For a complete list of recipients, please click here.

Congratulations to our 2018 Linda Gabriel Award winners:

Individual: Durrell Green

Youth: Zachary Darner

Organization: Partnering for Youth Achievement



​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.

​2019 Meetings

Agendas / Minutes
​JanuaryJanuary 12
February 19
​MarchMarch 19
April 16
​MayMay 21
​June​June 18
​JulyJuly 16
​AugustAugust 20
​SeptemberSeptember 16
​October 15
November 19

2018 ​Meetings

​Agendas / Minutes
​January January 20 Retreat
​FebruaryFebruary 20
​March​March 20
​AprilApril 17
​MayMay 15
​June​June 19
​JulyJuly 17
August​August 21
​SeptemberSeptember 18
​OctoberOctober 16

​November - Special work session for conference planning, held at Olympic College Bremer Center

​November 14, 6:30-8 p.m
​November - Regular business meeting, held at Olympic College Bremer CenterNovember 28, 6:30-8 p.m.


​Conference in lieu of regular meeting




​Term Ending

Maria Fergus​District 112/31/21
​Amanda Gardner​District 1​12/31/20
James Cash​District 1​12/31/21
​Maureen Olson​District 112/31/21
​Judy Arbogast​District 2​12/31/20
Carolyn La Jeunesse​District 2​12/31/21
​VACANT​District 2
​Airen Lydick​District 2​12/31/20
Stephanie Sayo
​District 3
​Mollie Moisan​District 3​12/31/21
VACANT​District 3​12/31/20
Brandy Williams​District 3​12/31/22
Brenda Calderon
​Marcie Mathis​At-Large​12/31/21


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




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