Nonviolence in action since 1981


FNVW Walk for Peace and Justice a Huge Success!

Sunshine, music and smiles filled Brackett Park at the FNVW Walk for Peace and Justice last Saturday! Over 175 people gathered to demonstrate support for nonviolent solutions to the violence we've been experiencing in our community. 29 different community organizations participated by tabling and walking along the Mississippi River to the Marshall Ave/Lake Street Bridge and back!


Melvin Giles, Leah Robshaw Robinson, Melvin Carter Jr and Father Harry Bury enjoying the event!


Walkers filled the pedestrian paths along both sides of the Mississippi River, sharing our positive message of peace and justice with all who passed by!


Meaningful conversation and new connections formed between participants as they walked the 1 mile short loop or 4.5 mile long loop at the Walk for Peace and Justice.

It's still possible to support the FNVW Walk for Peace and Justice through October 12 using the link below:


Thanks to All Who Made the Walk for Peace and Justice Possible!  

A whole lot went into making the FNVW Walk for Peace and Justice a positive, energizing event! Thank you to the intrepid Walk for Peace and Justice Planning Team, the dedicated FNVW Staff, our fabulous musicians, passionate speakers, enthusiastic event volunteers and amazing partner organizations. And thanks to all the local businesses who provided us with financial support and donated food and beverages. 

Pictured at left: The 2023 Walk for Peace and Justice Planning Team - Leah Robshaw Robinson, Cynthia Bartoo, Sue Fust, Andrea Rouse and John Ewu. Our many event sponsors are listed below: 


Jim ten Bensel's Band and the Selby Avenue Brass Band kept our spirits up with their music!

Click on the image above to watch a video of George Lakey's keynote address

Visiting nonviolent organizer, professor, author and activist, George Lakey, shared a powerful keynote address at the start of the Walk for Peace and Justice. 

Former Navy sailor, boxer, musician, St. Paul cop, author and longtime community leader, Melvin Carter Jr, shared poignant closing remarks.

FNVW Board Member and Co-Clerk of the Walk for Peace and Justice Planning Committee MCed the event.

Melvin Carter Jr. addressing the crowd at the Walk for Peace and Justice


George Lakey Twin Cities Book Tour Recap!

Last week, FNVW had the honor of hosting George Lakey, a truly inspirational peace and justice organizer, for the Twin Cities leg of his International Book Tour. 

If you missed the chance to hear George in person, some events were recorded and will be made available online.

You can listen to the George Lakey's radio interview on KFAI here: George Lakey Radio Interview

Watch a recording of George Lakey's keynote address at the FNVW Walk for Peace and Justice here: George Lakey keynote address - Walk for Peace and Justice 2023


FNVW partnered with 18 different community organizations and businesses to create 10 different George Lakey speaking events. Hundreds of people took advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from one of most influential and visionary social change organizers of our time. 

Thanks to the generous financial support of Minneapolis Friends Meeting, Twin Cities Friends Meeting, the MN Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) and the Southwest Alliance for Equity (SWAE) we were able to offer all events free of charge.


September-October AVP Inside Out Newsletter

The AVP Inside Out Newsletter publication provides an opportunity for members of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) community, inside and outside correctional facilities, to connect with one another about the effects of violence on us all and the strategies we use to transform the violence in our lives and communities.

Click on the links below to read the past two issues:

We are seeking submissions for future issues! Review the submission guidelines here and email submissions to:


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FNVW works to promote and create peace and justice in our community by using the principles and practices of nonviolence to transform conflict and to address the root causes of violence. Your financial support will help us move our mission forward into the future!


October 6th, 2023

Friends for a NonViolent World
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