Watch Insane Clown Posse Talk Juggalo March

JAN. 8 2014 FILE

Insane Clown Posse, Juggalos to march on Washington to fight gang distinction

The Detroit-based hip-hop duo are showing strength in numbers to protest the FBI's 2011 classification of their fans as a "loosely organized hybrid gang", and hope that their collective stance will make an impact on the public's perception of their Juggalo subculture and fandom.

Hundreds of Juggalos, many with their faces painted in the black and white style popularized by band members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, spent the afternoon in front of the Lincoln Memorial, at the west end of the national mall.

"They said these symbols are considered a gang symbol", Okan said.

"Over the past five years, our legal team has heard testimonies and reports from Juggalos all over the nation who have lost custody of their children, been fired from jobs, denied access into the armed forces, and the most common effect - being officially labeled as a gang member by law enforcement agencies for wearing Juggalo related clothing or brandishing one or more Juggalo tattoos", the group's website reads.

Though they had come to air their grievances, the protest had a festive, family feel as the fans awaited the climax of the day: A performance by Insane Clown Posse.

"We represent people who weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouth but instead with a rusty fork", one member of the group, Violent J, said during an interview in 1995. In fact, the band sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice over the label in 2014 (the suit was filed by the ACLU on the band's behalf.) A judge dismissed the case, but an appeals court reinstated the case in 2015.

"If they can get away with this, if they can do this, what's next?"

A Juggalo name and symbol worn by Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce
A Juggalo name and symbol worn by Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce

Jason Webber, an organizer, told the Washington Post that 3,000 people were planning to attend the rally.

The Juggalos won't be the only group marching Saturday on Washington.

Saturday also saw a rightwing demonstration by supporters of President Donald Trump, dubbed the "Mother of All Rallies" as well as a left-wing protest by a group called "Protect American Democracy" against alleged Russian interference in last year's election.

Early in the year, there was the Women's March, the climate march, and more. "MOAR will send a message to the world that the voices of mainstream Americans must be heard". "Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism".

"No Confederate flags, communist flags, or foreign flags allowed".

A handful of Republican candidates also made their way to the stage, rallying the crowd with their Trump-style political pitches.

"You want to keep a separation between two groups with opposing views, because we see it in Washington, D.C., all the time, it's a few bad actors within the group that are going to contribute to the violence", said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham. "Our patriots are of all colors and we are uniting under our constitutional rights".

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