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 the development of prevention policies, education, resource, referrals, and advocacy.



Tickets on sale now for 28th Annual Conference for Human Rights

 The 28th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton. This year's theme is "Building Community in a Polarized World: Celebrating Our Togetherness."

The conference begins with breakfast and a special introduction from Harriette Bryant of the Bremerton Housing Authority and Partnering for Youth Achievement. Participants will attend workshops (details below) throughout the morning and gather together again for a delicious lunch and time to network. The afternoon features facilitated discussions.

The conference is organized by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and sponsors include Olympic College, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap Sun and the Shiers Law Firm.

To purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship levels, click here.

General ticket categories include: adult, youth, adult with informational table. Ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Sponsorship levels of support are also available, which help fund youth scholarships. Please click on the link above or go to our ticket sales site with Brown Paper Tickets at  .  

2018 Conference Workshops:
The Power of Empathy for Ourselves and Others with Marcia Christen of Northwest Compassionate Communication
Dignity and Equality: What are Human Rights? with Judy Arbogast of the Council for Human Rights
Building Community Through Volunteering with Tamra Ingwaldson of United Way of Kitsap County
Considering RACE and ACES with Sonia Barry of North Kitsap School District
Affordable Housing with Regina Adamson of Kitsap Public Market
How to Kill an Indian With a Piece of Paper: Blood Quantum Laws and Contemporary American Indian Identity with Noel Purser of the Suquamish Tribe
-  Healing Roots: Tools for Survivors with Beckie Evans and Erika Anderson of Life Keys Energy
Disaggregating Population Data to Shed Light on Health Disparities with Maya McKenzie of the Kitsap Public Health District
The Restorative Circle Experience with Sue Miglino of the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
Peer Support 101: Building Community Resiliency with Pattie Marshall of the Health Care Authority Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
Bully You, Bully Me (A Search for the Bully Within) with Karen Vargas of Living Life Leadership

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


To view the 27th Annual Conference for Human Rights, which took place December 15, 2017, click here. Thank you to the staff and crew at Bremerton Kitsap Access Television for filming the event!

Linda Gabriel / Wall of Fame Award Recipients

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.


​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.

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

​Jonathan Mendelsohn​District 1​12/31/20
​Amanda Gardner​District 1​12/31/20
VACANT​District 1
​Michael Uhlig​District 1​12/31/19
​Judy Arbogast​District 2​12/31/20
Jeff Stelmach​District 2​12/31/18
​Alice Gray​District 2​12/31/19
​Airen Lydick​District 2​12/31/20
​Imelda Moore​District 3​12/31/20
​James Data Logan​District 3​12/31/18
Jason Skifstad​District 3​12/31/20
Brandy Williams​District 3​12/31/19
Kristine Cowan​At-Large​12/31/20
​Marcie Mathis​At-Large​12/31/18
​Tracy Flood​At-Large​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. 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



Kitsap County Council for Human Rights

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