Post Office Department, Washington D.C. In the Matter of the Loyalty of Harriet M. Pierce Seattle, Washington Loyalty Case Number 6
Executive Order 9835, March 21, 1948 established a Federal Employees Loyalty Program to see that disloyal civilian officers or employees are not retained.
As the result of a recent investigation made of you as an employee of the Post Office
information has been received which indicates you have been and that you are affiliated or sympathetic with
an organization, association, movement, group or combination of persons designated as subversive
and on the basis of this evidence grounds exist for belief that you are disloyal to the Government of the United States
2. Holding the Line
We have lists of those who stepped across that line to join us. A piece of paper. A simple list of our party, movement, association, group, and combination of persons. The names are the names of those who stepped across that line to join us. We stand in lines that stretch beyond the law. We march and are arrested. We do not let the right wing break our lines. We say we have the right to freedom of speech to freedom of silence. We say what we know to be truth for the record. We refuse to name names. Subversive we shove back. Loyal, we hold in trust each name given. It is that difficult and that simple.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."