The Human Rights Matter! organization support includes individuals and organizations.
Some local organizational endorsers include Peace Action Montgomery and Pax Christi, St. Francis Parish.
In addition, several Israeli-based civil and human rights groups (most are members of The Coalition against Racism in Israel
) have graciously provided research and documentation to support the Human Rights Matter! Campaign's effort in pursuing public comment related to our County's decision to partner with Beit Shemesh.
Individual support comes from a diverse group of human rights activists, including Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire
Statement of Support from Mairead Maguire:
I write to you offering my support for the Human Rights Matter! Campaign being launched in Montgomery County, Maryland. The plan to twin the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh with Montgomery County must be of deep concern to all the citizens of Montgomery County as this proposal has not met the democratic guidelines of public comment and human rights considerations.
I support the campaign's call for this matter to be discussed in the public space and to have no decisions to be taken behind closed doors.