Insane Clown Posse announce march in Washington D.C. against FBI
In an organized effort to distance their name from the FBI’s classification of Juggalos as a “gang,” Insane Clown Posse have announced they will be protesting in Washington against the intelligence agency this coming fall. The Juggalo march will take place on September 16 on the National Mall in hopes of ridding the group of its codification as a criminal organization.
This protest stems from the ICP’s buildup of years spent fighting against the FBI’s classification of the group as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” In 2012, the hip-hop duo filed a lawsuit against the FBI to release the data that categorized the artists’ devoted, clown-faced followers as a gang; however, the lawsuit was eventually thrown out. ICP filed a similar case again in 2014 and subsequently failed to have the gang status officially removed. Insane Clown Posse states:
“As many of you are no doubt personally aware, 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.”
ICP stressed on their website that the protest is not an invitation for unruliness or violence of any kind, and is only open to those in the music subculture who take the event seriously as a “peaceful public demonstration.” In addition to the march, there will also be a free concert at Jiffy Lube Live featuring bands like Wolfpac, Necro, 2 Live Crew, and more to urge solidarity and support Insane Clown Posse’s dispute against the FBI.