Jodie Geddes currently serves as the Community Organizing Coordinator at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Her role involves designing and implementing community organizing trainings with and for young people. The trainings examine the intersection of organizing and restorative justice through the use of theatre, storytelling, and speculative fiction. As a Jamaican native having grown up in Brooklyn, NY Jodie uses her story as a catalyst for transforming systems. Jodie believes that restorative justice is far beyond a tool and when we isolate it to a process only meant to deal with harm we loose the ancestral spirit of this practice. She believes in the power of restorative justice and wants to challenge the field to think deeper about restorative justice as a cultural shift.
Jodie has an MA in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. During her time at EMU she worked with numerous community organizations while leading campaigns for racial healing and the transformation of systems of oppression. For Jodie, it is important to find ways to engage community members both at the micro and macro level through an intersectional and youth centered lens.
Jodie Geddes is also President of the Board of Managers for Coming to the Table(CTTT). CTTT seeks to acknowledge the history of slavery in the United States in order to heal and transform its legacy. They provide leadership training, resources, and other tools through four interrelated practices.
She is also a published poet and writer, having her work featured on the online platform For Harriet and Blavity.