Petition for the Reinstatement of Gaia Cassia Longina as a Citizen of the Res Publica Romana
I am Publius Sallustius Quadratus, a humble pleb. I am writing to you today on behalf of my friend Gaia Cassia Longina, who was until recently, a fellow citizen of our organization.
Some of you may have known Cassia from the excellent work she did during her time with Res Publica Romana as both Procurator of Provincia Italia and a Magistrate. Some of you may remember her from the Collegium Artium, of which she was the founder and one of the magistrates, and in which I had the honor to serve for a brief time as her scriba. Still others of you may remember her for her generous financial contributions to the Republic, made in part thanks to her even more generously linking her own dress and tunic making business to the Republic by donating a large percentage of her profits for the benefit of our organization and to promote our activities.
I remember Cassia’s place among us, not only as a generous financial benefactor to the Republic, nor as a Procurator or Magistrate or one who merely called herself a leader but as one who showed us her leadership in her example and as one of the most active members in the Res Publica Romana; in the forum, in supporting the ludi and multiple Collegia, and in promoting much of the activity in our online community. I remember Cassia as a knowledgeable and deeply spiritual Sacerdos of Liber. I also remember her as a bright ray of sunshine and a vibrant and positive charge of energy that inspired me to take part in Roman Republic and to contribute further to our great mission of restoring Rome to its former glory. I remember her as a leader in the Collegium Artium, who organized elections, built a separate webpage and facilitated planning for future activities that would bring honor to Rome and the Roman Republic.
I remember her also as the very talented, intelligent and kind person whose reputation has most unfairly and unfortunately been viciously and mercilessly attacked and whose good name has been maliciously dragged through the mud these last few days, by her jealous enemies here.
I am fully aware of the obligations she had to the organization, not only in an informal sense but in a legal sense as well, and I do not defend her action of abruptly resigning from her offices and citizenship. I agree with those who say she was too hasty to leave our company and I wish she had not done so.
I also believe however that she was most unfairly targeted on numerous occasions with personal attacks to her character, her sacra privata, and with malicious ad hominem attacks against her personally over matters of academic disagreement in both the forum of RR.org and on Facebook.
I need not name her attackers as they know who they are, and those who cannot see this directly will surely be shown by their friends and allies. This does not concern me.
What concerns me is the future of this organization. Can the organization go on without Cassia? Yes, of course it can and it will, if she is not reinstated. However, I feel the loss of Cassia is a great loss of a great Roman and that without her contributions, and I do not speak of financial contributions but of her many other contributions, this organization will not be as great as it can be.
Cassia made a mistake. She acted hastily. She was deeply wounded emotionally. She had been bullied and repeatedly attacked verbally. She felt ignored and she felt that the magistrates were not giving her very serious complaints their due. She felt that they didn’t care and she saw her primary attacker, rather than receiving punishment for very clearly flouting the Mos Maiorum and the Declaration of the Res Publica on more than one occasion, receive reward instead.
I have seen that magistrates have made statements to the contrary. I do not know if she made the complaints that she should have made, at the times that she should have made them. Perhaps she did not. I do not know if she provided the evidence that she should have provided, when she should have provided it. Again, perhaps she did not. What I do know from what I observed, was that her feelings of being harassed, antagonized and publicly humiliated on a scale for which I believe the application of the term “personal vendetta” would be appropriate, were absolutely and completely valid and that her attackers were totally unjustified in what they said to her and of her in public fora.
Cassia has expressed regrets in her hasty departure from the Res Publica. She is willing to return and is willing to face the Nota issued against her. These things she has told me herself. She is even willing to pay a fine, although I personally believe she should be reinstated as a citizen and face a formal trial before having to face the punishment of the Nota.
She will accept reinstatement as a Plebeian and continue to support the Res Publica, to obey the laws and to uphold the Mos Maiorum, and all of this she has pledged to me as a trusted friend.
I know that I am not her only friend and ally here. I know that many others among you have worked with Cassia and found her to be a great, true and loyal supporter of this organization in the past. I know that there are others among you who know that Cassia has worked to represent the highest of Romanitas in the past.
Who among us can say that we are perfect in all that we do? Who among us can say “I am a perfect Roman?” None. Not a single one of us. We all make mistakes. We are all flawed. No one is without some vice and no one is incapable of error.
Cassia too is only mortal, as are we all. Cassia too is flawed, as she too can admit, but Cassia too has been a great citizen of this Res Publica and she is willing to return to help us build the Rome that we all know and love, if you, the citizens of our Republic would but speak in her favor now and advocate for her publicly, here, in the forum as you see me doing most earnestly.
Speak now, Romans. Say whatever you will of Cassia’s mistakes but speak truly also of the great things she has done in support of Roman Republic.
I call on you, if you are or have ever been a true friend to Cassia, and you know that Cassia is both a true friend to Rome and has been a true advocate, supporter and contributor to this organization, speak now and support this petition for the reinstatement of citizenship for C. Cassia Longina in Res Publica Romana.
P. Sallustius Quadratus