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Juggalos set to march on Washington, DC on Saturday

17 September 2017

Protesters held signs with phrases like, "I'm a Juggalo not a thuggalo" and "Faygo not fascism", referring to the Detroit soda brand Faygo that's popular with Juggalos.

As we announced several months ago, Insane Clown Posse spearheaded a Juggalo March on Washington to be held at noon September 13 at the National Mall.

The Insane Clown Posse and its following are publicly opposed to the labeling. The group asks that "the entire Juggalo Family act with respect and honor throughout the march". "Organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture". The annual Gang Threat Assessment report said they engaged in criminal activity and violence. Earlier this year, a Wisconsin man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for using a machete to cut off a woman's pinky finger and drinking her blood.

In 2012, The ICP, with the help of the MI branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming the designation unfairly profiles their fans and violates their First Amendment rights. FBI investigators did note that the majority of people calling themselves Juggalos were simply dedicated music lovers and not violent thugs - and yet their listing in the 2011 report lumped all those together. One had to do with a violent home invasion, where a Juggalo was suspected and later convicted; and there was another violent crime associated in 2012. "Some of us are medics, military folks, we are the people who work at the cash register, who save your lives at the hospital", one Jugalette (a female Juggalo) told the Hill. "It isn't fair just because this group depicts violent images, talks about very crude murder scenarios".

"Being labeled a gang member can be a permanent stain on an individual's life, since it will come up in a simple background check every single time", the group said on their website promoting the event.

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The crowd gathered in a space the size of a football field on the lush grass of the mall, where they listened to sporadic pledges of allegiance and country music.

The lawsuit was initially dismissed by a judge in 2014, but the ICP won an appeal in 2015 ordering a MI court to take up the case. As a result of this unjust designation, "individual Juggalos are suffering improper investigations, detentions and other denials of their personal rights at the hands of government officials" or denied employment according to the lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI. The lawsuit goes on to assert that the DOJ's classification of the Juggalos as a gang is unconstitutionally vague and violates the Juggalos' constitutional rights to association and speech. Juggalos are still considered to be gang members in Arizona, Pennsylvania, California, and Utah.

Below, a few photos and observations that were posted on Twitter from the Juggalo march.

That event aimed to "demand protection for traditional American culture while they express their love for the United States and the America First agenda", according to the group's website.

Juggalos set to march on Washington, DC on Saturday