Lately in Washington, there are massive marches and protests
conducted every few days, particularly on the weekends.
Early in the year, there was the Women’s March, the climate
march, and more.
But Saturday, something a little bit different is coming to town
— the Juggalo March.
Juggalos are ardent fans of the fringe hip-hop duo Insane Clown
Posse and they paint their faces like clowns to be like ICP’s
founders, Joseph Utsler (commonly known as Shaggy 2 Dope) and
Joseph Bruce (commonly known as Violent J).
The march on Washington is not just a big party, though. They
group is designated as a criminal gang in several states, of
which the FBI has taken notice. In 2011, the FBI’s
National Gang Threat Assessment identified the Juggalos as a
“a loosely-organized hybrid gang” who often “exhibit gang-like
behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence.”
“Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized,
individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug
use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism,” the FBI report
said. “However, open source reporting suggests that a small
number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and
engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony
assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales. Social networking
websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to
communicate and expand.”
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 Juggalos and ICP will march on Washington to bring awareness
to this gang designation. Per the Juggalo March’s website, “the
FBI’s inclusion of Juggalos as a ‘gang’ has resulted in hundreds
if not thousands of people subjected to various forms of
discrimination, harassment, and profiling simply for identifying
as a Juggalo.”
The criminal designations have prompted lawsuits as well. Insane
Clown Posse, currently represented by the American Civil
Liberties Union of Michigan, have an appeal pending before the
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, they intend to march
“We have tried to use the American judicial system to achieve
justice and we failed,” the Juggalo March’s website reads.