Juggalos! J-Webb here. I just got the following email from our friends at the ACLU of Michigan, who are working with us in our lawsuit against the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice to get Juggalos removed from the FBI's gang list. Several months ago, a judge dismissed our lawsuit, claiming that the FBI was not responsible for the harrassment and discrimination that Juggalos across the nation have been subjected to by law enforcement agencies and other legal entities. Well...IT AIN'T OVER!!!! Not by a fucking long shot! Our legal team and friends at the ACLU of Michigan are heading back to court in the near future to present our appeal and reignite our case against the FBI. Here's the ACLU's press release in full. Check out our ninja Mike Steinberg of the ACLU in the YouTube video.
ACLU asks appeals court to reinstate lawsuit on behalf of rap duo Insane Clown Posse and its fans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 21, 2014
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged a federal appeals court to reinstate its lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI on behalf of rap duo Insane Clown Posse and the group’s fans, also known as Juggalos.
Arguing that the suit was wrongly dismissed, the ACLU filed a brief with the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals charging that that the federal agencies branded the Juggalos “a loosely affiliated hybrid gang” in violation of the fans’ First Amendment rights and that the designation has led to unjust investigations, unfair detentions and other infringements on fans’ personal rights by government officials.
Even though local police officers say they rely on the FBI gang designation when they detain Juggalos, a federal district judge dismissed the case because the FBI never directed local law enforcement to violate the rights of Juggalos.
“It should surprise no one that when the FBI tells local police officers that certain music fans are members of a criminal gang, the police are going to target individuals who express passion for the music. The FBI started this problem and it must end it by retracting a false and unconstitutional gang label that is causing serious harm to thousands of law abiding Americans.” -- Michael J. Steinberg, ACLU of Michigan legal director
We'll keep you updated, Juggalos! In the meantime, stay strong ... FA-MI-LY!!
We're hanging the stockings and roasting the chestnuts...oh fuck that happy Yuletide shit...this is the BIG BALLAS CHRISTMAS PARTY, MOTHERFACKO! On Saturday, December 20 at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will be hosting the WICKEDEST holiday hootenanny in Detroit Murderous, featuring a full length performance by those ganja gods...the Kottonmouth Kings! There will also be a full card of blood splattering, bone crushing JCW wrestling, with appearances by all your favorite JCW grapplers including JCW World Heavyweight Champion 2 Tuff Tony, Necro Butcher, JCW Tag Team Champions The Ring Rydas, Mad Man Pondo and many more! All this flavor will be brought to you by your hosts of the evening...the INSANE CLOWN POSSE!
The Big Ballas Christmas Party goes down at St. Andrew's Hall on Saturday, December 20. Doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets available here: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/08004D71AE46379B
Juggalos, the JCW show that we had announced for Friday, November 22 at the Crofoot in Pontiac is being rescheduled to be part of the annual Big Ballas Party that will be going down on December 20 (tickets will be going on sale very soon). We're combining these two events into one to make the Big Ballas party even BIGGER and more flavorful. If you bought tickets for the JCW show, you can get a refund at the point of purchase--all Hatchet Gear orders will be refunded ASAP.
And FYI...all Juggalos who attend the Big Ballas Party will be getting the exclusive poster of the upcoming Joker's Card ... The Missing Link!! So keep your peepers focused on when Big Ballas tickets go on sale--should be later this week. Whoop whoop!
If you can’t make it to the JCW event in Detroit on November 22, there’s still a chance to get some ICP wrestling flavor. On Saturday, November 22, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope will serve as guest commissioners for Pro Wrestling Syndicate’s Wrestle Bowl 2014 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. Not only will the Wicked Clowns be there, but so will Jerry Lynn and Cactus Sac himself…Mick Foley!
For Wrestle Bowl tickets ($20 for general admission) and card lineup, visit www.bedofnailz.com.
Get tickets for the JCW…LIVE! event at Hatchet Gear here: http://www.hatchetgear.com/new/icp-presents-jcw-live-november-22nd
No more delays, bones, or fuck ups – the First Six box will be released on Tuesday, November 25…EXCLUSIVELY at Hatchet Gear and select Down With the Clown stores across the nation.
Sorry this has taken so long, Juggalos, but you can’t imagine how much red tape and bureaucratic bullshit you have to jump through to put together a box set like this, especially when you’re an underground, independent company like us and you have to negotiate with big ass corporate record companies to get permission to use your own CDs! We won’t mention names…but you know who they are.
But fuck that staleness! The point is, The First Six is currently being manufactured as I write this and it will be assembled and ready to ship out on Tuesday, November 25.
This set retails for $89.99 and includes the following flavor:
- The entire first deck of Joker’s Cards, from “Carnival of Carnage” to “The Wraith: Hell’s Pit” all on CD!
- A brand new EP from Insane Clown Posse called “House of Wax,” which is ONLY available in this collection! No iTunes! No Spotify! This is ONLY PLACE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO GET A PHYSICAL COPY OF THIS NEW FLAVOR!
- A certificate of authenticity personally signed by both Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope!
- The official deck of Dark Carnival Joker’s Cards, sleeved in a dope black envelope.
- A devastating full color 20-page book covering the entire history of the First Six, featuring never-before-seen photographs and written entirely by Violent J!
Also, this box set will ONLY be available via Hatchet Gear and some of our elite Down With the Clown independent stores across the nation. So pre-order yours now!