Introduction and Brief Update
Today, I'm frustrated to inform you that through some incredibly unethical (and likely unconstitutional) legal wrangling, Kenosha has managed to extradite Kyle. However, I am quite happy to inform you that this is only a temporary setback. First of all, let me assure you that Kyle is safe for the time being; he is being held in a secure location away from any individuals who might wish to do him harm and the team at #FightBack is working tirelessly to secure his release. I will provide an additonal update when they have secured such, but in the meantime, I am going to provide you all with the full text of the letter that Lin Wood sent out to Kyle's supporters. You may have already seen this letter thanks to the partnership between #FightBack and this fundraiser, so I would encourage you to either give here or at their website; both go to the same accounts.
Letter from Lin Wood:
Not every day will bring big news in our fight for Kyle Rittenhouse, but this is one of them.
Since his arrest, Kyle has been held in a juvenile facility in his home state of Illinois. Prosecutors have been fighting to extradite him to Wisconsin, and for a variety of reasons -- mainly his safety -- Kyle's criminal defense team has been trying to stop them.
Yesterday, a judge sided against Kyle. And just minutes later, he was unexpectedly transferred before he could exercise his statutory right of appeal.
We're now forced to vastly step up our fundraising, as Wisconsin doesn't allow for bail bond. Instead, $2 million must be paid in cash.
#FightBack needs to raise half of that by Monday afternoon. That's $1 million. I'll say this -- there are times we're going to require emergency donations, even if you've recently given. This is one of those times. Will you help Kyle with a donation now?
The 5 criminal defense attorneys that #FightBack helped to assemble for Kyle are doing great work. We are already raising money to cover all the necessary fees and expenses, but this bail requirement is a different animal. It means stepping on the gas.
In closing, let me be clear about one thing I believe down to my core -- some of our most basic principles, including the right to self-defense, are under direct threat. The mobs we've seen causing havoc on our streets are being given refuge and in some cases vocal support by radical politicians who share the same goals by other, less violent means.
These people are looking under every rock to find someone to make an example of, and in this case, it's Kyle Rittenhouse.
He is a political prisoner, and we're going to clear his name and get him home.
On his behalf, I hope you'll make an urgent, emergency donation today.
If you're unable to do so at this time, take a moment to say a prayer for him, and for our country.
Some things aren't quite as tangible, but they mean a great deal.
Thank you for your commitment.
Chairman of the Board & CEO
Kyle will be free. Through the fantastic effort by you amazing people, we are well on the way to securing the funds needed for Kyle's release. It will only be a matter of days now.
Finally, I encourage yall to get out and vote tomorrow for Donald Trump. President Trump is the only man who seems to have a chance at restoring order to the chaos that has befallen our great nation. I need not inform you about Joe Biden, his plans to disarm and persecute God-fearing Americans, or the rank corruption that he (and his son's laptop) represents. Our nation deserves better.
God Bless America and God Bless you,
Congratulations! Thanks to all of you wonderful people, I am proud to announce that we have raised over half a million dollars for Kyle Rittenhouse's defense! We could not have done this without you, and you should all be very, very proud of yourselves. Bail for Kyle has been set at 2 million, and, combined with the fundraiser at #FightBack, we are approaching that number rapidly; Kyle Rittenhouse will be a free man!
Some further financial updates: Despite Discover ostensibly banning donations to GiveSendGo as a whole in a disgusting attempt to limit the ability of citizens to spend their money as they wish, they have been unable to practically implement this plan. Ironic, as the entire thing has been a PR disaster for them and they have nothing to show for it. On the topic of payment processors, Stripe continues to hold several hundred thousand dollars of our funds hostage and we are coordinating with #FightBack to seek remediation of this politically-motivated hack-job. We encourage our donors to express their displeasure with Stripe, if they feel so inclined, by sending an email to email@example.com.
On the human side of the story, #FightBack has been doing a fantastic job of compiling information for Kyle's Defense. If you have not yet seen it, portions of their video detailing the entire incident from start to finish were shown last night on Tucker Carlson Tonight. The full video may be found here: https://fightback.law/2020/09/22/kyle-rittenhouse-truth-eleven-minutes/
Finally, some of our donors have expressed interest in a cryptocurrency option. While we are not able to provide such on GiveSendGo directly, unless they themselves implement it as an option, #FightBack has listened to our feedback and made one available. You can donate using cryptocurrency on their website: https://fightback.law/donate/
Again, I just want to thank all of yall for your amazing positivity, kindness, and desire to help this young man through what will likely be one of the toughest fights of his life. Fighting for Kyle's freedom is fighting for freedom for us all.
God bless you, and have a fanstastic afternoon.
I'm writing you today with more frustrating news. We just learned that Discover is planning to cut off the ability of its cardholders to make payments to this fundraiser; this development unfortunately follows days of relentless targeting by big tech on the order of Facebook, Twitter, Stripe, and Instagram. Other credit card companies are likekly to follow, unless a strong message is sent to all of these globalist-controlled corporations that we are not willing to sit by while they erase our Freedom of Speech through their un-American accounting practices. I encourage all of you to contact them through their website, and where able, make personal statements by taking your business elsewhere. We will likely be figuring out alternative ways to donate soon, and I will keep you posted.
You can sign a petition to reform American banking laws here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/payment-processor-discrimination-act
On a more positive note, Kyle has a personal thank you for all of you fine people: https://twitter.com/CaliKidJMP/status/1300927120282132480
Thank you for your continued support!
God Bless America,
Congratulations! We not only made it to our initial goal of a $200K, we've now made it to our stretch of a quarter million dollars! That's absolutely fantastic, and it's all thanks to how wonderful yall are! I really am blown away by the genorosity you've all displayed, and from what I've heard, so is Kyle. We couldn't have done this without you, so, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. Let's see if we can make to $500K!
On a closer-to-home note, it has come to our attention that GiveSendGo has had their links banned from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. While the legality of this action is questionable, it is unfortunately the world in which we live – to that, I say, email and text! They may try to censor us and deprive us of the ability to help people, but that's the thing about light; it always gets in. I know that with your continued help, this campaign and this website will continue to enjoy the success to which they are entitled, for their vigorous defense of the American Right to Freedom of Speech. If you have the chance, give them a good tip, as they've been fantastic hosts! The money is on it's way to Lin, and we couldn't be happier!
Hope you're all having a great day,
Allow me to begin by thanking you all so much for your generous contributions to helping secure Kyle's freedom! We live in dark times, but the generosity and positivity that all of you have shown is the "light of the world" needed to drive out the darkness. Through your kindness, you are making an incredible difference in this young man's life.
I have just spoken with Kyle's mother, Wendy, and Kyle's attorney, John, to whom I was connected by Lin Wood (Chris Sandmann's attorney), who has also joined the legal team. Wendy has instructed me to transfer the money from GiveSendGo's holding account to the #FightBack Foundation, set up by Lin Wood. All of the money donated through both their website, and this effort, will go to Kyle's defense, as it is likely to be an expensive and protracted affair.
Kyle is reportedly in good spirits, and I'm told that the incredible support shown by you good people is what's keeping him going.
We have all seen the hatred that has threatened our country in recent months, and in Kyle we have seen the courage against chaos that we all desire to see within our own hearts. This young man has reinvigorated the faith of many that this country and its founding principles are indeed founded upon the rock, not built upon the sand.
However, a city upon a hill cannot be hid; Kyle now faces the wrath of those who would see us stripped of our God-given rights and reduced to servitude. He is in dire need of our help. Kyle will likely need significant amounts of cash to post bail; for this reason, this fundraiser will be ongoing. His success is our success; his failure, the loss of our right to self-defense. I firmly believe that with the continued support of all of you fine people, Kyle will be freed.
God bless America, God bless you, and #FreeKyle