James L. Bianchi 1949 – 2015

It was announced on Tuesday that James L. Bianchi,co- founder of the House of Danu and Bay Area Pagan Alliance, passed away. He had been in the ICU of John Muir Medical Center for several weeks suffering from a staph infection that had attacked his heart. Throughout this time, he was cared for by family, friends and medical professionals, but the infection was too severe. James was born in 1949 in Oakland California. He attended Skyline High School, graduating in 1967.

Pagan Community Notes: Pagans attend Vigil, James Bianchi, Kindred Irminsul and much more!

On Sunday, April 12, nearly 100 people gathered together to honor the life of Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year old woman who was killed in Oakland in February. The vigil and march, organized by the Anti Police-Terror Project, is one of the many recent Bay Area social justice actions that have been supported by local area Pagans. In this case, there were at least nine Pagans in attendance. T. Thorn Coyle was one of them and said, “[We] gathered on the corner where Yuvette was killed by Emeryville PD, in Oakland. We then caravaned to deliver letters to Home Depot and the Oakland Police department (who are overseeing the investigation) asking for security tapes.”

Pagan Community Notes: Pagans in Prison, Pagan Songs on TV, and More!

Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So let’s get started! Earlier this year, I reported on an emergency Pagan conclave in California to discuss proposed regulations by the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) relating to religious items allowed by incarcerated Pagans.

Pagan Community Notes: Kyrja Withers, A Pagan Conclave, Houston Pagan Conference, and More!

Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So let’s get started! A Fundraiser for Kyrja Withers: Since Florida Pagan and children’s author Kyrja Withers had her home shot at this past March, followed by a chemical bottle-bomb attack, which required Withers’ daughter to seek medical care after inhaling fumes, the Lady Liberty League, Everglades Moon Local Council of COG, and other local Pagan community members have been mobilizing to assist Withers.

Jehanah Wedgwood 1941 – 2010

Word has come to us that San Francisco poet and Druid elder Jehanah Wedgwood passed away on Monday, November 15th. A cherished member of the SF community, James L. Bianchi from the House of Danu, an alliance of OBOD Groves and Seed groups, shares this obituary. Jehanah Wedgwood

When the House of Danu emerged, we were blessed with a formidable grove of elders who offered guidance, inspiration, artistic prowess, and scholarly wisdom: our Druid Grove. Jehanah Wedgewood was the foremost poet of our Druid Grove and our House. We mourn her passing on November 15, 2010.