Juggalos march in Washington to protest Federal Bureau of Investigation gang classification (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

17 September, 2017, 09:14 | Author: Benny Bass
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A bit of Juggalo-inspired art spotted this morning in Washington, D.C.

Not sure who the Juggalos are or why they're protesting?

And the Juggalos, along with the Insane Clown Posse and their record label, Psychopathic Records, believe these descriptions from the Department of Justice are unfair. The term Juggalo comes from a 1992 ICP song called "The Juggla".

Well, yes and no. However, they intend to march anyway. It's a world where man boobs are on proud display, where long-hairs and pink-hairs mingle, where nobody makes fun of the fat kid toweling off.

The Juggalos and ICP will march on Washington to bring awareness to this gang designation.

This is no ordinary gathering of Juggalos.

But yeah, I could see how you might think I was talking about the commander in chief. The author, Nathan Rabin, told NPR back in 2013 that "for 360 days, being a Juggalo makes them an outcast and makes them reviled and makes them a pariah". They say Juggalos are a family of outcasts, not a gang. "It's this alternate universe they can escape into from the dreariness and the mundanity of everyday life". According to the Department of Corrections document, she would be in violation of her probation if she ever wore an Insane Clown Posse T-shirt or put a band sticker on her vehicle.

Fans of the freaky 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.

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

"(Like) other musical fan bases, the vast majority of Juggalos have nothing to do with criminal activity", a recent legal brief said, "let alone organized crime". These values, along with face paint, macabre imagery, greeting each other with "whoop whoop", and a love of the midwest root beer Faygo, are core elements of the Juggalo subculture.

Thousands of Juggalos are expected to travel from all over the country for Saturday's march, meeting outside the Lincoln Memorial from 1pm.

And, there have been at least two instances where Juggalos have been violent.

The "Mother of All Rallies" moniker appears to be a reference to the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (more commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs), which was dropped earlier this year on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan.

In 2014, the two members of the ICP and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to change the change the Juggalos' status, but to no avail. The lawsuit demands that the Juggalos be removed from the Gang Threat Assessment list. "The people who took me in were the Juggalo. It isn't fair just because this group depicts violent images, talks about very crude murder scenarios".

In 2011, the Juggalos were branded members of a street gang.

The case was dismissed both times by the same MI judge who said the Juggalos lacked "legal standing", The Guardian reports.

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.


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