Ink Factory’s Ongoing Racial Justice Initiative

Last year, Ink Factory made a public commitment towards furthering racial justice within our organization and industry. From that commitment, our free visual notes for racial justice initiative was launched (and it’s still ongoing)!

Our team wanted to take a moment to thank and celebrate the organizations we’ve worked with as a part of this initiative so far and to share the visual notes we’ve created on the topic of racial justice.

If you would like to download and share any of the visual notes below, all you have to do is click the download button and make sure our logo and our partner’s logos remain visible on the image. We encourage you to promote each organization’s mission and content by tagging them and giving their content the credit it deserves.




5 Years of Undocublack: A Community Twitterstorm

Undocublack Network | FunkyBrownChick

Undocublack is a network fighting to create space for currently and formerly undocumented Black immigrants to not only survive but thrive. This event was organized by FUNKY BROWN CHICK, a creative social enterprise founded by Twanna A. Hines. The event celebrated its 5-year anniversary, starting with a 1-hour Twitterstorm where our artist visualized interactive tweets, which was followed by capturing an hour-long Instagram live celebration between the two co-directors of UndocuBlack.




National Day of Racial Healing

Transform Chi | Watch the full event

The 5th Annual National Day of Racial Healing is a day for Chicagoans to come together in unity and solidarity with the youth movement for racial justice and to collectively heal. 2021’s event promoted cultural healing practices and multi-cultural drumming performances to guide and set the tone for Racial Healing Circles. Action groups were formed to foster alliances among participants to support the youth movement to repair the harm caused by racist systems, policies, and practices against Black, Native and Brown people.




A Talk with Ruthie Wilson Gilmore

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)

Californians United for a Responsible Budget CURB is a statewide coalition of 70 grassroots organizations working to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails, the number of prisons and jails in the state, and shift state and local spending from corrections and policing to human services.




Vera Institute of Justice’s SAFE Initiative

Vera SAFE Initiative

The SAFE Initiative (Safety & Fairness for Everyone) is a unique collaboration among governments, immigration legal service providers, and advocates working together to build a movement for universal representation—a public defender system for all immigrants facing deportation. SAFE has catalyzed momentum for local- and state-funded deportation defense and driven a national movement toward federal systemic change.




Youth-Led Community Action Group: GoodKidsMadCity

GoodKidsMadCity | National Day of Racial Healing

For the 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing, youth-led community action group GoodKidsMadCity was invited to speak in a Q&A spotlighting their work in neighborhoods around Chicago. They talked about the importance of spreading resources to lift up communities, how to fight crime with mutual aid rather than policing, and their plans to go national.




How Racism Makes Us Sick

David R. Williams | Watch the talk

Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation, and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this TED talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system, and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.




We Define Safety Webinar | The End of Policing

San Francisco Rising | Read the recap

San Francisco Rising hosted “We Define Safety: A Community Response to Police Violence. Alex Vitale, author of “The End of Policing,” opened the conversation with a discussion about his book and research. In the talk, he discussed the history of policing and the cost it’s had on marginalized communities.




The Courage to Undo Oppression in the Food System

Chicago Food Policy Action Council with Amani Olugbala

The Chicago Food Policy Action Council envisions a food system where all Chicagoans, regardless of race, class, gender, and/or social identity, have the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through community-driven, ecologically regenerative, and economically viable processes. They work to address these inequities and dismantle racist structures in the food system by building local political power, supporting frontline workers throughout the food system, and facilitating Black/Brown partnerships and understanding.




Intersectionality Matters! Mitigating Unconcious Bias & Unintended Racism in Behavioral Healthcare

Sharon G.E. Washington for the Pennsylvania Care Partnership | Watch the presentation

The Pennsylvania Care Partnership invited Sharon G.E. Washington to speak on unconscious bias in healthcare–Washington is renowned for engaging diverse audiences on the complex intersections of race, historical trauma, social inequality and justice, and the impact of these factors on health outcomes. In the presentation, she touches on themes of allyship, stereotypes, intersectionality, microaggressions, and more.




Racial Justice & Police Reform: Town Hall Meeting with Former President Barack Obama

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance | Watch the conversation

Former President Barack Obama participated in a virtual town hall on racial justice and police reform hosted by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation. This was the first time the former president responded publicly to the death of George Floyd while in police custody and the ongoing nationwide protests that have erupted as a result. He said amid tragedy there’s also hope and opportunity for people to act and work for change.




How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi & Prince George’s Community College | Watch the conversation

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discussed his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. During the conversation, he tied themes from his book to the current crisis with COVID-19.




Black Equity in Americana: A Conversation

The Americana Music AssociationWatch the conversation

The Americana Music Association® is a professional trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world. In this panel, journalist Marcus K. Dowling conversed with musicians Adia Victoria, Rev. Sekou, Lilli Lewis, and Kamara Thomas as well as Muddy Roots Music Festival organizer Jason Galaz on the topic of Black equity in the industry.




3 Ways We Can Redesign Cities for Equity and Inclusion

Vishaan Chakrabarti | Watch the conversation

Cities are engines of culture, commerce, knowledge, and community, but they’re also centers of inequality and poverty. As the world rebuilds from the coronavirus pandemic, can we transform cities into bastions of equity and sustainability? Architect and educator Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses a new urban agenda that provides equitable housing, health care, and transportation for all–and helps build cities rooted in our desire to connect at a human level.



We hope the visual notes we’ve created on this topic over the past year inspire you to learn more about these incredible individuals and organizations!

Black-owned businesses and nonprofits that fight for racial justice can apply for free visual notes here.