Yes! Magazine, “Food, Love, and Revolution: Jen Angel’s Legacy”

By Carwil Bjork-James, February 23, 2023

On Feb. 6, 2023, Jen Angel, an Oakland resident, well-known media justice activist, and owner of Angel Cakes Bakery, was reportedly robbed in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo bank while in her car. According to news reports, Angel pursued her assailant but got caught in the door of their car as they drove off. She was dragged 50 feet along the road and suffered catastrophic brain injuries. Days later, on Feb. 9, Angel was taken off life support and passed away. 

During the three days she remained in a coma, thousands of people whose lives she had touched all over the United States learned of her attack and poured donations into what would eventually become a $150,000 fund to help with medical and other related expenses. 

Angel was a fixture in the community, organizing the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair and participating in countless local and national struggles. She began her political work in the late 1990s and early 2000s, writing and editing zines covering radical political issues. Her most ambitious media project was Clamor magazine, which she co-edited from 1999 to 2006. She also wrote stories for YES

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