Nonviolence in action since 1981


Note from the Executive Director
Taking Nonviolent Action

The horrific attacks, hostage taking, violent retaliation and complex history of oppression in the Middle East is heart wrenching. As an advocate of nonviolence, I encourage you to take action with peace and justice groups directly connected to programs and people in Palestine and Israel. 

Nonviolent movement elder George Lakey's recent visit got me thinking a lot about the role of nonviolent direct action and non-cooperation in building a peaceful and just world. To truly create change, we must know how to work together to strategically and courageously interrupt the status quo. If you're like me, you still have a lot to learn about what this means.

That is why, as a final bookend to George Lakey's visit, FNVW is organizing a 3-hour Nonviolent Direct Action Training in November. The workshop, led by experienced direct action trainers, will explore strategic nonviolence, conflict escalation and civil disobedience - all component of a successful nonviolent campaign.

I wholeheartedly hope you will attend so we can grow our skills together! More details coming soon...

With Revolutionary Love, 


🎙 New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode 🎙

Available wherever you get your podcasts: 

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Isuroon: Health, Social Connectedness and
Self-Sufficiency for Somali Women and Girls

Isuroon is a women-led, community-driven organization motivated by the belief that Somali women and girls deserve to be healthy and have a strong voice. In this episode, host Iman Shukri speaks with Isuroon’s Founder and CEO, Fartun Weli, about the language and literacy barriers, racism, sexism, religious intolerance and health disparities that Somali women in Minnesota face. Fartun shares the relational strategies Isuroon uses to remove Somali women and their families from the poverty conveyor belt so that they can lead healthier, more productive lives.


Fartun Weli, Founder and CEO of Isuroon


Fartun Weli wakes up everyday thinking of new ways to help improve the quality of life for Somali/African women and their families. Serving others is her calling and she does so by leading as a coach, advocate and caregiver. Fartun has received many awards and international recognition for her outstanding voice and action in supporting immigrant and refugee communities to have equal access to resources and services. Fartun holds a BA in Business from Capella University and an MA in Public Health from Walden University.  

Additional information about Isuroon is available at

This episode was hosted and produced by Iman Shukri with audio engineering by PJ Hoffman. Music generously donated by 


Introducing our New Community Engaged Learning Students!

Each semester, Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) partners with colleges and universities to engage students in our nonviolent social change work. Community Engaged Learning Students at FNVW develop skills in community engagement, advocacy, organizing and the behind the scenes work of nonviolent social change. In turn, these students bring passion, energy and insights into FNVW’s work.

Meet three of the students working with FNVW this semester: 

Emily Roe

Emily is a sophomore majoring in Public Health at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Outside of school, she loves going to concerts, trying new coffee shops, and watching football. She is super excited to learn from us and support FNVW's goals and missions!

Yuzhou Guo

Yuzhou is currently a junior majoring in philosophy at the University of Minnesota. They're excited to be a part of FNVW and to collaborate with the team to apply valuable insights from both Eastern and Western philosophy traditions into practice. Together, we'll strive to contribute to the FNVW's vision of creating a peaceful world free from violence!


Aila Maki Brodd

Aila Maki Brodd is a Junior at Twin Cities Academy High School. One of her passions is
advocacy work and in addition to FNVW, she is a part of the Minnesota Youth Council working in support of mental health awareness and raising youth voice. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her parents and sister, and playing the viola in her school band.


Want to Create Change That Lasts Generations?
Become an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Youth 
Workshop Facilitator


FNVW is launching a new set of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops for youth ages 10-30, and we need your help!

By joining us as an AVP Youth Workshop Facilitator, you will support young folks in their journeys to peace, strength, and interconnectedness using many of the adult AVP workshop tools and exercises we already know and love. You'll also mentor youth participants, providing 1-on-1 support as they navigate their path to nonviolence. Workshops begin in early 2024 with specialized training provided.

If you're new to AVP, we'll be holding an AVP Basic workshop in November to start you on your facilitator journey. All youth workshop facilitators will have the opportunity to receive a stipend for this important youth outreach work!


Contact FNVW Community Engagement Specialist Joan Hyman to learn more at or 651-917-0383


FNVW Holiday Fair Announcement:

Seeking Business Donations for the Unbelievable Bargains Board


FNVW's biggest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner and we really need your help!

An important item that we sell at the Holiday Fair is gift cards and items donated to us by local businesses.

We only have one business donation so far! 

Please print a few copies of this Holiday Fair Business Letter to share with the businesses you frequent to ask for their support.

We also invite you to donate other items for FNVW to sell at the Holiday Fair!
Sign up here: Holiday Fair Donations Sign Up


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:


FNVW in the Community

Maggiy Emery from Protect Minnesota turned guns into garden tools at the Lament and Hope: Facing Gun Violence event


Lament and Hope: A Gathering to Face Gun Violence

FNVW participated in the Lament and Hope: Facing Gun Violence event hosted by Central Presbyterian Church last Saturday. At the event FNVW's Community Engagement Specialist, Joan Hyman, told people about our new youth Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops and shared opportunities for people to get involved as volunteers with FNVW. Her message was, "If you want to minimize gun violence, you must teach nonviolence."

Thank you to all the event organizers who brought us together last weekend. It provided a wonderful opportunity for FNVW to make connections with a variety of amazing violence prevention organizations and individuals working to end gun violence. 


Upcoming Events

  • Strategic Nonviolent Direct Action Training - November workshop date coming soon!
  • FNVW Holiday Fair - Friday, Dec. 1st, 1 pm -9 pm & Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 10 am - 4 pm

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 20th, 2023

Friends for a NonViolent World
P.O. Box 4564  | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
651-917-0383 |

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