Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the word “march” a few times over the last few weeks.
Last week, for instance, we watched proudly as roughly 500,000 people marched the streets of Washington, D.C., in opposition to our new president and in the name of love and equality — blowing the previous days’ inaugural crowd out of the water and demanding their voices be heard. Men, women and children across the country (and entire globe) joined along in solidarity, marching through the streets of their own cities— warming our hearts and granting some much needed hope in the midst of our country’s terribly divided state. Americans, along with our brothers and sisters all over the world — have made it clear that these acts of resistance will not cease until a change is made.
And the Juggalos agree.
Yep, the extreme Insane Clown Posse (or ICP, if you're cool) fanbase most commonly (and lovingly) known as the Juggalos are marching, ya’ll. And they’re going to show us all “who the fuck they really are.”
News of the Juggalo March on Washington isn’t exactly new. In fact, they actually announced it last year — but all of the sudden, it seems much more relevant. And they’re pushing their cause harder than ever.
Here’s the gist. The Juggalos have been fighting the FBI since 2011, when they formally classified our face-painted pals as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” This move immediately transformed all of their merch into official gang symbols and has, in turn, led to the unfair persecution of fans. Believe it or not, the Juggalos did not like that. At all. So much so, in fact, that in 2014 they filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in an attempt to diminish the outrageous gang classification. They’re still waiting for a judge to hear their appeal, but that doesn’t mean they’re waiting in silence. They’ve planned a march, and it’s set to go down on September 17, 2017.
On the Juggalo March website (yeah, they have a website) it explains their reasoning behind the march:
“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. Over the past five years, our legal team has heard testimonies and reports from Juggalos all over the nation who have lost custody of their children, been fired from jobs, denied access into the armed forces, and the most common consequence — being officially labeled as a gang member by law enforcement agencies for wearing Juggalo related clothing or brandishing one or more Juggalo tattoos. A simple traffic stop for a broken tail light can — and has — resulted in an otherwise law-abiding, hard-working, taxpaying citizen being put on a local or state list of gang members simply for displaying their Juggalo pride. Being labeled a gang member can be a permanent stain on an individual’s life, since it will come up in a simple background check every single time. Whether that person is applying for a job, trying to adopt a child, join the armed forces, or attempting to acquire housing … their name may pop up as being 'gang-affiliated,' even if that person has never been charged with any kind of crime.”
And you know what? They’re right. Like, a girl can’t get a Juggalo tattoo without being considered a “gang member?" That’s fucked up.
The long (and beautifully written, if I might add) description on the website's homepage goes on to further elaborate in terms of the intent of the march, the “game plan” if you will (free concert, Vanilla Ice has already confirmed) where participants can stay and a very stern set of rules — essentially, that if you’re not serious about being there, to just stay home.
Their call to action closes with some powerful words.
“We need you and your voice to make sure that we shout above the chaos of this noisy world and are heard loudly and clearly as we deliver a message right into the nerve center of America.”
Juggalo or not, I think those words ring true to many of us right now. Speak up, stand your ground, and demand your voice be heard. We are all beautiful and we are all significant and we all deserve equal and fair treatment — and we’re proud of the Juggalos for standing up for their rights. I mean, If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything — amirite? Idk, I saw that on tumblr, but I feel like it's relevant rn.
Anyway. Only 227 days, 9 hours and 30 minutes until the Juggalos take to the streets of Washington. Yeah, they got a fuckin' counter. Let the preparations begin and march on, Juggalos. We’re with you.