Insane Clown Posse to Protest Gang Description With Juggalo March in Washington, D.C. Today
This afternoon, Insane Clown Posse and their fans, known as Juggalos, will meet in Washington, D.C., to protest being classified as a gang by the FBI. The Juggalo March will take place on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial beginning at 2PM.
As they wrote on the website for the event, they hope to "show America and the world that we are not a gang, public menace, cult, or any of the other untrue labels they have attempted to slap on us throughout the years. We must collectively show them that we truly are a family that is united by a shared love of music and fellowship. ... We may be the outsiders, the misfits, the weirdos, and the underdogs of the mainstream world, but as a result we have created our own world – one built on a rock-solid foundation of community, creativity, joy, and love."
In 2011, the FBI's Gang Threat Assessment called Juggalos a "loosely organized hybrid gang" due to reports of crimes allegedly committed by people with clothes and tattoos that identified them as Juggalos. As a result, the group claims, their fans been targeted by the police, lost jobs, been denied custody of their children and refused entry into the military. The group has twice pursued legal action against the government to clear their name, but their cases have been dismissed.
The event will feature speeches interspersed with performance by affiliated acts, concluding with a performance by Insane Clown Posse from 9-10PM. The group asks that "the entire Juggalo Family act with respect and honor throughout the march."
Coincidentally at the same time, on a different part of the National Mall, a pro-Donald Trump event calling itself the "Mother of All Rallies" will take place. The organizers hope to “send a message to Congress, the media & the world we stand united to defend American culture & values.” They “demand protection for traditional American culture while they express their love for the United States and the America First agenda.”
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