We champion nonviolence as the foundation for effective programs and actions to promote the dignity of every human being.


Note from Executive Director
A Time to Act

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” – Mahatma Gandhi

This week's FNVW E-Letter is brimming with way to connect and take action during this critical moment in history. We each have a role to play in building a nonviolent world. Read on to find an opportunity that resonates with you!

With Revolutionary Love,


November Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

If you've ever considered taking an AVP workshop, now is the time! 

Registration is open for the November 2022 AVP Basic, Advanced and Training for Facilitators Combo Virtual Workshop 

In the context of a supportive community, you'll discover your power to build safer communities and transform conflict and frustration in your life.

The four day workshop schedule is:

Thurs, Nov. 3rd, 6-9pm CST, with a 30 min. break
Sat, Nov. 5th, 11am-6pm, with a 1 hour break
Thurs, Nov. 10th, 6-9pm, with a 30 min. break
Sat, Nov. 12th, 11am-6pm, with a 1 hour break

Sign up now using the  AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - November 2022 Registration Form to guarantee your spot!



October 2022 - 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 welcome your contributions to AVP Inside Out! Review the submission guidelines here. Please email submissions to: AVP@fnvw.org.


Democracy Needs Your Vote - MAP Bridge Brigade

Help get out the vote with the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) at our upcoming bridge brigade!

When: Wednesday, October 19th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Where: the pedestrian bridge over I94 between Lexington Pkwy and Hamline Ave.

We'll be posting a banner - one letter on each poster board - to give the large, clear message:


These midterms are very important. Non-partisan scholars and analysts are warning us about the rise of fascism and the erosion of democracy in the United States. It's critical that we get a large turnout of voters who desire election integrity and support democratic processes.

You can park in the FNVW parking lot off of N. Griggs St. and St. Anthony Ave.

We need lots of people to hold the poster boards!

Let us know if you can come on the 19th.  Email us at mapm.info@gmail.com.


FNVW Receives $1,000 Matching Grant for AVP Outreach!

We are excited to announce that Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) - USA's Committee of Local and Regional Groups (CLARG) awarded FNVW a matching grant of up to $1000 to re-engage facilitators and extend AVP's reach. 

Violence prevention is a huge need in our community right now. Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops are a part of the solution.

We need your help to raise the $1,000 required to receive the full amount of this grant. 

You can also mail a check payable to FNVW to: 

P.O. Box 4564
St. Paul, MN 55104

Please put "AVP grant match" in the memo line. 

"This AVP workshop gave me tools and knowledge that I will be able to apply and use in every area of my life... This workshop was life changing!"  -  Successful Sarah


FNVW Student Alumni Zoom Reunion

FNVW is hosting our second annual Zoom reunion for any and all alumni of FNVW's intern and community engaged learning student program.

If you volunteered or worked at FNVW while a student we hope you'll join us!

FNVW Student Alumni Reunion
Thursday, October 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. CDT

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 892 4260 8212

Over 50 students have participated as student volunteers at FNVW over the last six years! The reunion event will be a chance to socialize with other FNVW student alumni, meet current staff and interns and learn about recent FNVW projects.

Email Zetta with questions at: volunteer@fnvw.org


The Best of Enemies Film Showing

Minneapolis Friends Meeting's Peace and Social Concerns Committee invites the FNVW community to their Zoom film showing of The Best of Enemies on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. 

The film is based on a true story of how an African American activist and a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and their respective communities, came together in Durham, N.C. in 1971 to discuss school integration. The two groups used a process called “charrette,” led by a mediator, to discuss their differences. The film is two hours, and a discussion will follow.

View the movie trailer here: The Best of Enemies 

Find the event Zoom link by clicking Here


Quick Connect & Gun Buy Back Event

Quick Connect Gun Buy Back Event

October 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Urban Ventures, 2924 4th Ave S, Minneapolis

Gun violence is a serious problem in the United States, and our community is no exception. There is an opportunity for everyone in North and South Minneapolis and surrounding areas to make a difference by helping get guns off the street.

The “Just a Time as This” Quick Connect Gun Buy Back is a community friendly event where one can anonymously turn in guns and help make our community a safer place to live. There will also be a wide range of resources available to help individuals address concerns they may be tussling with and fun events for youth.


FNVW in the Community

FNVW participated in a number of the 12 Days Free From Violence events hosted by our partners at Twin Cities Nonviolent. We also joined peacemakers across the United States by organizing a Campaign Nonviolence March. It was energizing to take action and build community with other peacemakers!

Participants in FNVW's Campaign Nonviolence March uplifted the vision of a world beyond violence and a culture rooted in nonviolence. (Pictured L-R: Maria Musachio, Lorenzo Lien, Leah Robshaw Robinson, Bridget Doak, John Ewu, Liz Oppenheimer. Not pictured: Mike Texler)

FNVW celebrated International Day of Nonviolence and the 53 anniversary of MK Gandhi's birth at an event hosted by the India Association of Minnesota (IAM). The program featured exhibit tables, Gandhi peace awards, a film on Gandhi's life, cultural programs and more. Thank you to Doug Helfrich for running the FNVW table at this event! (Pictured L-R: Ram Gada, Leah Robshaw Robinson, Neena Gada)


Save the Date! FNVW Holiday Fair

Mark your calendars for our biggest fundraising and social event of the year...

The FNVW Holiday Fair!
When: Friday, December 2nd,1-9 pm and Saturday, December 3rd,10 am - 4 pm
Where: The Friends School of Minnesota,1365 Englewood Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

A wide variety of holiday gifts, unique craft items, candles, soaps, handmade winter accessories, discounted gift cards to local businesses, used books, soups, desserts, Quaker Treasures, Christmas trees and much, much more will be for sale! Proceeds support FNVW's violence prevention work as well as local artisans.

More information coming soon about the online pre-sale, Holiday Fair volunteer opportunities and more!


Request for Items to Sell at the FNVW Holiday Fair

The snow might not yet be in the air, but planning has already started for the 2022 FNVW Holiday Fair Fundraiser and Social Event!  

FNVW would love your assistance gathering the following items to sell at the Holiday Fair:

  • Handmade crafts
  • Donated services
  • Used books
  • Quaker Treasures
  • Desserts
  • Donated items from local business

Sign up here to help: 
FNVW Holiday Fair Donations Form


Interested in being on the Holiday Fair Planning Committee?
Our next meeting is Sunday, October 23rd at 1 pm. Please reach out to donna@fnvw.org for a Zoom link.


Follow FNVW on Social Media!

Like FNVW's facebook page and share our posts:  

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Subscribe to FNVW's YouTube channel: 
Friends for a Nonviolentworld

FNVW is working hard to expand the reach and impact of our programs. Social media is a powerful way to engage more people in our work. 

We need your help to increase FNVW's visibility on social media.

Here's what you can do: 

  • Take a moment right now to follow our pages
  • Like and share our social media posts
  • Volunteer to create social media content to help tell FNVW's story and promote events.

This is a historic moment where communities are re-imagining public safety and how we live in relationship with one another. Now is the time to support the principles and practices of nonviolence that FNVW's programs champion. Your financial support will help us move our mission forward in 2022!


FNVW E-Letter
October 13, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: Get Out the Vote MAP Bridge Brigade 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: Best of Enemies Film Screening 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 23: Holiday Fair Planning Committee Meeting 1 - 2 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 27: FNVW Student Alumni Zoom Reunion 6:30 pm
  • Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29: Quick Connect & Gun Buy Back Event
  • Thurs/Sat Nov. 3rd, 5th, 10th and 12th: AVP Virtual Combo Workshop
  • Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3: FNVW Holiday Fair

Friends for a NonViolent World
393 N Dunlap Street Suite #450E | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
(651) 917-0383 | info@fnvw.org

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