When the FBI published its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, the report drew ire for an unusual new addition: Juggalos, the fanbase of Detroit hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse.
Now, 6 years later and still classified by the FBI as a gang, ICP fans descended on Washington D.C. for the Juggalo March, a coming-together of music fans looking to peacefully protest a classification they feel is unjust.
The march took place on Saturday at D.C.’s National Mall, and according to The Hill, hundreds gathered to take a stand.
Per the official Juggalo March website, self-identified Juggalos say they’ve felt the effects of the FBI’s gang classification. In 2014, ICP worked with the ACLU to file a lawsuit against the FBI for its classification. In a promotional video for the event, band member Violent J laid out some of the issues their fans say they’ve faced as a result.
“We hear hundreds of fucked up, fowl-ass stories— ninjas losing their jobs, being denied entry into the military, even losing custody of their kids in court battles because they are officially and legally labelled gang members.”
Saturday’s march drew protestors to the National Mall, many wearing the fanbase’s signature black-and-white face paint and carrying protest signs: