Detroit's Psychopathic Records organizes Insane Clown Posse juggalo protest in Washington DC

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Organizers of the march are expecting around 3,000 Juggalos in the Washington, DC rally, which starts at the Lincoln Memorial at 2 p.m.

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

The term "Juggalo" is derived from the lyrics of one of the band's songs.

"In fact, it was a rallying call from the stage by the frontman, Violent J, several years ago", Flanary told NPR's Rachel Martin in 2014.

"Despite a sizable population of female fans (dubbed Juggalettes), ICP's following is made up mostly of young white men from working-class backgrounds".

"We don't look (for) acceptance from them". 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.

Sure, there will be music, and sure there will be face paint.

The official "Juggalo March" website describes personal and professional hardships faced by fans over the gang description, including the loss of employment and denial of admittance into the armed forces.

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But yeah, I could see how you might think I was talking about the commander in chief. Then all of a sudden they technically made it illegal to be a Juggalo. "It's this alternate universe they can escape into from the dreariness and the mundanity of everyday life".

Both sides were dwarfed by the juggalos, as supporters of the rap group Insane Clown Posse are known.

The Juggalo's March is part of a continued fight between the Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over a 2011 Gang Task Force labeling fans of the group, who call themselves Juggalos, as a "loosely-organized hybrid gang" that "exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence".

"It's bulls--!" Puterbaugh said of the gang label. But the ACLU's argument says any large fan base is going to have a number of criminals in it. "It's not a left or right rally", the group's website says.

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

Josh Metroff, a 30-year-old unemployed chef from Toledo, put it even more simply: He hasn't been discriminated against himself but came because "I'm not a gang member". He said that while he hasn't been targeted, he knows of a colleague who was harassed in public when he was in Juggalo attire. Branding hundreds of thousands of music fans as gang members based on the acts of a few individuals defies logic and violates our most cherished of constitutional rights. In 2014, the group joined with the ACLU to sue the FBI, but their case was dismissed by a federal judge, then tossed out of court again previous year - though the ACLU is planning another appeal.

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.

It's related to the gang classification and lawsuit. The Juggalo March will take place on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial beginning at 2PM. As a result, the group claims, their fans been targeted by the police, lost jobs, been denied custody of their children and refused entry into the military.


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