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This is deeply horrific:
I’m numb w/ sadness, grief & frustration after hearing of Jen Angel’s death after fighting for he r life in wake of the brutal car break-in/robbery. She made everyone’s life sweeter through her cupcake shop, but here in #Oakland we failed to reciprocate.https://t.co/X1Ku9BNEsj
— Loren Taylor (@lorenmtaylor) February 10, 2023
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A beloved Oakland, Calif., bakery owner who was seriously injured in a robbery gone wrong has died days after the broad daylight attack, her family and friends say.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that Oakland baker, small business owner, social justice activist, and community member Jen Angel has been medically declared to have lost all brain function and will not regain consciousness,” reads a Feb. 9 statement posted to her Facebook page. “Her official time of death was 5:48pm (PT).”
Oakland police said the attack happened in the afternoon of Feb. 6 in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo bank located less than a mile from her shop, Angel Cakes, according to CBS News.
Angel was backing out of a parking spot when a car blocked her, police said, per the outlet. A man then approached her vehicle and broke into it to grab her purse, before fleeing the scene in a getaway car.
Unfortunately she suffered from a moment of foolhardy bravery that killed her:
That’s when Angel decided to run after the thieves to get her purse back, but instead was caught in their car door and dragged more than 50 feet, NBC Bay Area reports, citing authorities. She had reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries and was put into a medically-induced coma.
Jen was a hardcore anti-police activist, and her family wants “restorative” justice to be done, not real justice:
>Get beaten to death.
>Your family say they don't want the people who did it to be punished.
Why are Californians like this? pic.twitter.com/Lys2r1gzm8
— RAW EGG NATIONALIST (@Babygravy9) February 10, 2023
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So they want the rest of us to be at risk from the criminals in this case. Here’s the full message from her friends and family (emphasis ours):
It’s with very heavy hearts that we announce that Oakland baker, small business owner, social justice activist, and community member Jen Angel has been medically declared to have lost all brain function and will not regain consciousness. Her official time of death was 5:48pm (PT).
Friends and family of Jen hope that the story of this last chapter of her brilliant, full, dynamic life is one focused on her commitment to community, on the care bestowed upon her and her family by the people who loved her, and on the generous and courageous role of countless health care workers and public servants who fought to preserve her life. We know Jen would not want to continue the cycle of harm by bringing state-sanctioned violence to those involved in her death or to other members of Oakland’s rich community.
As a long-time social movement activist and anarchist, Jen did not believe in state violence, carceral punishment, or incarceration as an effective or just solution to social violence and inequity. The outpouring of support and care for Jen, her family and friends, and the values she held dear is a resounding demonstration of the response to harm that Jen believed in: community members relying on one another, leading with love, centering the needs of the most vulnerable, and not resorting to vengeance and inflicting more harm.
Jen believed in a world where everyone has the ability to live a dignified and joyful life and worked toward an ecologically sustainable and deeply participatory society in which all people have access to the things they need, decisions are made by those most directly affected by them, and all people are free and equal.
Angel Cakes, the popular community-based bakery that Jen founded in 2008, will remain open, supported by Jen’s estate, and staffed by the talented team that Jen built. Community members who wish to support the bakery can especially help through buying gift certificates and committing to long-term patronage.
Per Jen’s wishes, her organs will be donated, and her committed medical team has informed the family that those organs will serve to lengthen and improve the lives of up to 70 people.
If the Oakland Police Department does make an arrest in this case, the family is committed to pursuing all available alternatives to traditional prosecution, such as restorative justice. Jen’s family and close friends ask that the media respect this request and carry forward the story of her life with celebration and clarity about the world she aimed to build. Jen’s family and friends ask that stories referencing Jen’s life do not use her legacy of care and community to further inflame narratives of fear, hatred, and vengeance, nor to advance putting public resources into policing, incarceration, or other state violence that perpetuates the cycles of violence that resulted in this tragedy.
We wish for Jen’s legacy to be one of deep commitment to safety and dignity for everyone.
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And so they want the cycle of violence and injustice to carry on unpunished.
Jen was not just some hanger-on, her anti-police activism ran deep:
High profile Oakland "anti-incarceration activist" Jen Angel was drug to death from a car in Oakland, CA
She founded Clamor Magazine (99-06), a far-left pub, among other things
Neither Oakland police, nor any media have described the suspects pic.twitter.com/yCuosI0GrI
— National Conservative (@NatCon2022) February 10, 2023
A very sad story, and perhaps even sadder for those few law-abiding, decent citizens remaining in the Bay Area of California.
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