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Black Feminist Dreams for the Future

Victoria Copeland and Chelsea Williams Diggs will lead the conversation moderated by Maya Pendleton of the Center for the Study of Social Policy on how Black feminist theory guides us toward the abolition of the family policing system.


Victoria Copeland is a doctoral candidate at UCLA. Her research explores the use of data and surveillance within the “child welfare” system. More specifically, she is interested in how multi-system data infrastructures, predictive analytics, and surveillance in decision-making processes impact Black families and communities. She uses Black Feminist thought, abolitionist praxis, and critical technology studies as a point of entry.

Chelsea Williams-Diggs (she/her) is a radical truth teller, budding abolitionist, and lifelong student of Black feminist thought. From 9-5, you can find her navigating the criminal legal and immigration systems advocacy space, and in her free time, organizing around reproductive justice with the New York Abortion Access Fund. Chelsea holds a BA from Georgetown University and MA in Public Policy, concentrating in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The George Washington University.


Maya Pendleton. Maya Pendleton (she/her) is a Senior Policy Analyst at CSSP and member of the upEND Movement team. Maya is a student of abolition, Black studies, Black feminist thought, and reproductive justice and is inspired by collective movements to create alternate forms of being and care. Maya holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a Masters of Public Policy from Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration where she studied social policy at the intersection of race, gender and class.