Juggalos march on Washington to protest 'gang' label


Juggalos march on Washington to protest 'gang' label

Like Trump supporters, many come from lower-income families - but being a follower of the group gives them a sense of belonging and goal.

Fans of the freakish clown-makeup-clad rappers earned the gang designation in 2011 when they were listed in the National Gang Intelligence Center's National Gang Threat Assessment.

More than 1,000 fans of the band Insane Clown Posse are rallying to protest the FBI's classification of them as a gang.

While some voiced support for the group, citing their right to freedom of speech, others poked fun at the group's appearance in good humor.

Juggalos on Saturday stressed their focus on community, chanting "fa-mi-ly" throughout the march and arguing the gang designation is at odds with their inclusive culture.

"They listed Juggalos as equals alongside highly risky and elaborate global criminal organizations like the Crips, the Bloods and MS-13", said Kevin Gill, a Juggalo and podcast host who kicked off the rally.

President Donald Trump skipped town for the weekend, but that didn't stop demonstrators from making him the focus of competing rallies in the nation's capital that highlighted the stark political divisions in the United States.

I am in full support of @icp and the #juggalomarch The FBI should remove the gang tag immediately.

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"The Juggalo March is like the Boston Tea Party for music fans", Gill said. The group has twice pursued legal action against the government to clear their name, but their cases have been dismissed.

Showing solidarity with my juggalo and juggalette family marching in the #JuggaloMarch today.

Wrapping around those events will be the annual Fiesta D.C. parade celebrating Latino culture. Because the events happened near one another, many waited with anticipation to see if the two groups might collide.

As the somewhat-official Juggalo drink, organizers were naturally prepared for the march with stacks of Faygo.

The pro-Trump crowd, meanwhile, were assembled for a rally created to give the president a signal of their support as Trump struggles through the early months of his first term.

The Mother of All Rallies Patriots Unification Gathering will take place at the National Mall near the Washington Monument from 10 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in MI has been involved in their plight, stating that while Juggalos display distinctive tattoos and clothing and some wear clown makeup, this doesn't mean they are criminals. The issue stems from a 2011 report produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in which Juggalos are said to "exhibit ganglike behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence".

Juggalos marched to the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, and it looks like they had that iconic Forrest Gump scene in mind. "Juggalos are a "family" of people who love and help one another, enjoy one another's company, and bond over the music and a philosophy of life", the lawsuit stated.