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


Note from Executive Director
Shout Out to the Podcast Team

Last week I discovered that FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast is listed as the #1 Nonviolence Podcast on Feedspot based on its relevancy, blog post frequency(freshness), social metrics, domain authority, traffic and many other parameters. Way to go Podcast Team!

The Everyday Nonviolence Podcast is truly inspiring. I highly recommend listening to the new episode released today which highlights the work of St. Paul-based Women’s Advocates, the first domestic violence shelter in Minnesota.

Join me in giving a big shout out to past and present members of the Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Team: Joann Perry, Jenn Hamrick, Charlotte Sebastian, PJ Hoffman, Don Sinex, Paul Joachim, Anne Hibbard, Mark Martinez, Ellery McCardle, Diane Sandberg, Jarren Dean, Taylor Wicklund, Sean McGoey, Zach Breneman, Bela Marques, Kristina Catlin and Balaji Srikrishna! (Did I miss anyone?)  

Would you like to uplift the stories of people using the tactics and principles of nonviolence to transform our world? The Everyday Nonviolence Podcast would love to have you on their team. Host, producer, editor and audio engineer volunteer positions are available. Email volunteer@fnvw.org for details!

With Revolutionary Love, 


Farewell Donna Roost

FNVW is sad to share the news that Donna Roost will be leaving her position as FNVW's Community Engagement Specialist on November 11th. Donna's passion, vision and follow through increased FNVW's visibility and brought us new connections and volunteers. We will miss her terribly. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. 

Thank you, Donna, for being a part of FNVW!


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


New Episode of FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast

WOMEN’S ADVOCATES: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are highlighting the work of St. Paul-based Women’s Advocates, which has been providing shelter and other services for victim-survivors of domestic violence for 50 years. Women's Advocates uses the tools of "radical hospitality, advocacy and collective action" to work towards a community free from violence, where all are safe and can live productive and healthy lives. 

In this episode, Jarren Peterson Dean speaks with three staff members: Mary Beth Becker-Lauth, Community Education and Outreach Manager; Roxy Walker, Manager of Shelter Advocacy; and Executive Director, Estelle Brouwer to learn more about domestic violence and how Women's Advocates helps break the cycle of abuse.

This episode was hosted by Jarren Peterson Dean and produced by Charlotte Sebastian, with audio engineering by P.J. Hoffman.

Pictured from left-right: Estelle Brouwer, Roxy Walker, Mary Beth Becker-Lauth

Further information about Women's Advocates is available on their website: wadvocates.org.
The annual report on homicides related to relationship abuse produced by Violence Free Minnesota can be found here: vfmn.org.
After listening, please consider sharing with your networks on your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) Include a few sentences about what you liked or learned along with a link to the episode.

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!



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 still have $700 left to raise to receive the full $1,000 amount of this grant. Help us get there!

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


Volunteer at the FNVW Holiday Fair

The 2022 FNVW Holiday Fair

Friday, December 2nd,1-9 pm
Saturday, December 3rd,10 am - 4 pm

The Friends School of Minnesota
1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104

Kickoff the Holiday Season by volunteering at FNVW's biggest fundraising and social event of the year!


  • Meet others who share the same values about peace and justice.
  • Help raise money for FNVW by doing things you already love.
  • Support FNVW’s violence prevention and nonviolent social change work.
  • Get your holiday shopping in after your shift ends.
  • Participate in activities, crafts, games and socializing.
  • Have fun with your friends and family by inviting them to volunteer with you!

Select items will be available for purchase during the FNVW Holiday Fair Online Pre-Sale Nov. 18-27!
Online orders can be picked up Dec 2nd-3rd at the Friends School of MN.


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 donate an item: 
FNVW Holiday Fair Donations Form


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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 27, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Oct. 27: FNVW Student Alumni Zoom Reunion 6:30 pm
  • Thurs/Sat Nov. 3rd, 5th, 10th and 12th: AVP Virtual Combo Workshop
  • Nov. 18-17: FNVW Holiday Fair Online Pre-Sale
  • 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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