Thousands of Juggalos expected to march on Washington

Thousands of Juggalos expected to march on Washington

Thousands of Juggalos expected to march on Washington

The Juggalos' march was organized as a protest of the FBI's 2011 classification of them group as a gang. However, they added that the majority of Insane Clown Posse fans are not involved in criminal activity or organized crime.

Protesters march from the White House to the Russian ambassador's residence in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, during a rally encouraging leaders to defend American democracy from Russian interference.

The band's followers, called Juggalos, rallied in front of the Lincoln Memorial in a show of strength and unity.

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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

Below, a few photos and observations that were posted on Twitter from the Juggalo march. Psychopathic Records and its legal team, along with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union of MI, have been fighting to clear the Juggalo name via the judicial system for several years now.

Showing solidarity with my juggalo and juggalette family marching in the #JuggaloMarch today. "It's part of D.C. It's in the fabric of the city".

Given the events in Charlottesville in August, when a right-wing demonstration ended in the death of anti-racism activist Heather Heyer, there had been concern about the nature of the rally, but on Saturday afternoon all seemed calm.

As for politics, however, the "Insane Clown Posse and most Juggalos consider themselves very apolitical", pop culture writer Nathan Rabin told NPR's Scott Simon.

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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.

A mile to the east, on the other side of the looming Washington Monument, the pro-Trump "mother of all rallies" was taking place.

The band sued the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation over the gang classification in January 2014, saying it had adversely affected Juggalos.

More than 1,000 fans of the band Insane Clown Posse are rallying to protest the FBI's classification of them as a gang. But the ACLU's argument says any large fan base is going to have a number of criminals in it.

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Juggalos marched to the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, and it looks like they had that iconic Forrest Gump scene in mind.

Bonometti worries that she'll never be able to work in her field again, because Juggalos have been branded as a threat.

Penix became a fan of Insane Clown Posse when she was 12 and said she used to hide it because she was bullied. The band includes two Detroit-based rappers, Joseph Bruce, who goes by Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, or Shaggy 2 Dope.

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