TOP Condemns Rittenhouse’s Texas Power Play As Threat to Democracy

TOP Calls Out Dangerous Spread of Far-Right Ideology, Highlighting Urgent Need for Year-Round Community Engagement

The following statement is from Brianna Brown, Texas Organizing Project (TOP) Co-Executive Director, on reports this week of Kyle Rittenhouse’s increasing political activity in Texas:

Kyle Rittenhouse’s establishment of ‘The Rittenhouse Foundation’ is a stark reminder of the growing danger of far-right ideology in our state and nation. This isn’t just about an individual; it’s emblematic of the broader extremist MAGA movement and the white nationalist violence it fomented on January 6. Texas, unsurprisingly, has become a hotbed for this far-right surge.

“The rise of far-right activity in our state is not just a shift in political dynamics; it’s a disturbing development that threatens the well-being of communities across Texas – Black and Latino communities especially. We’ve seen the dangers of unchecked power with Trump’s trajectory, as he continues to lead polls even while facing multiple indictments.

“It doesn’t surprise us one bit that Rittenhouse, a shameless grifter acquitted after killing two Black Lives Matter protesters, is now aligning himself with well-connected, far-right provocateurs in Texas. This ‘foundation,’ which claims to protect ‘human and civil rights’, is a thinly-veiled attempt to further an agenda rooted in white supremacy that directly undermines the rights of Black and Latino Texans. 

The answer to these challenges lies in the heart of what TOP does: year-round community organizing. Our focus isn’t limited to election cycles; we engage Texans year-round on issues impacting their communities, while emphasizing the invaluable nature of their involvement, especially when our very right to vote is being threatened.

“TOP will continue to organize and mobilize communities across Texas to challenge these far-right narratives, and to pave the way for one day our state becoming a place of inclusivity, justice, and equity for all – regardless of race, place, or background.”


About Texas Organizing ProjectTOP organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris, Bexar, and Fort Bend counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit

This statement was sent out August 18, 2023.