Abolitionist Elder was created in memory of Mr. George Floyd (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020) and the 2020 Minneapolis uprisings.

Told through the legacy of Hmong (Hmoob/Moob) story cloths, my elder self uses needle and thread to record acts of transformative rage and community care that may lead us to abolitionist futures.

Abolitionist Elder has been adapted and licensed to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, the University of Minnesota’s Women Center, and Abolition Feminisms, Vol 1 published by Haymarket Books.

Video activity based on Abolitionist Elder. Produced for Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Family Day (May 2021).

An illustration of a queer Hmong and Korean abolitionist elder in Moob Leeg (green Hmong) clothing. Lime green text on the blue and indigo background reads, "Voting together is how we care for one another. #VoteTogether." The elder wears glasses and has tattoos on her wrinkled skin. She is sewing a Hmong story cloth, which spills from her hands like a river. In the story cloth, we see figures of all skin tones, genders, sexualities, and religious beliefs protesting police brutality; freeing folks who are incarcerated; tending to forests and community gardens; and welcoming loved ones home. The elder sits between the silhouette of indigo colored mountains, , and there is a deep blue sky.

Illustrated graphic created for AAPI Civic Engagement Fund (2020).