Nonviolence in action since 1981


Note from the Community Engagement Specialist
Achieve Your 2024 Goals, Hopes and Dreams

Happy New Year!  

If you started the year with resolutions - or, more likely, vague ideas - about becoming more connected to other people, more engaged with community, and more alive, you have come to the right place! 

If you are thinking that this year you want to make the world a little kinder, a little more equitable, a little more real and vulnerable, you have come to the right place!  

If you are thinking that you might like to be a better communicator, get a new skill on your resume, or try some totally new activity - you are in just the right place!

Volunteering with FNVW is the way to achieve your 2024 goals, hopes and dreams! I say that only slightly tongue in cheek, because I believe that volunteering is one of the antidotes to isolation that is endemic in the times in which we live. As a society, we are now more distanced from each other than ever before. For many people, it is easy to go through entire days with very little contact with other real humans. Meetings held on Zoom, dinners ordered on DoorDash, friends chatted with on face-time, exercise class on You-Tube, and shopping done online, have all made our lives more convenient, but have also ended many of the usual ways that people have always interacted. Humans are not meant to live this way.

We have the power to create engaged lives that buck these trends. When you volunteer with FNVW you take a step outside all of that, to connect with a deep and warm community of activists and change-makers, crafters, artists and musicians, visionaries and strategists. When you volunteer with AVP you step into a new experience of helping guide others to a better understanding of how to navigate the power structures around them and help spread the knowledge that there really are responses other than violence - while experiencing those same transformations yourself.

We have so many ways for you to engage with us. Tell us what you love to do and we’ll help you find the right fit. Regardless of what that is, you will know that you are making your life and our world a little bit more caring, a little more just, and just a little bit better.  

And that’s a great way to spend a year!

Please reach out today to learn more about volunteering. I can’t wait to talk to you.  


Joan Hyman
Community Engagement Specialist


Join FNVW at the
26th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Powderhorn Park


Love is Power: the MLK Legacy in Practice

Monday, January 15th
10 am – 2 pm

Powerderhorn Park Recreation Center
 3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Make plans to join FNVW at the 26th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. celebration hosted by the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) in proud collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB).

FNVW volunteer James Bradford III and Executive Director Leah Robshaw Robinson at last year's MLK Day celebration.

Check out the schedule of events and learn more at:


Sign up for the
In-Person Alternatives to Violence Project Basic Workshop
January 26-28th


Workshop registration is now open for individuals interested in continuing their journey towards becoming an AVP workshop facilitator. We're especially dedicated to developing our team of youth workshop facilitators. Register today or contact for more information!

January AVP Community Workshop
Basic Level 

The three day in-person workshop schedule is:  

Fri, Jan 26th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Central Time)

Sat, Jan 27th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - lunch & dinner included
Sun, Jan 28th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - lunch included

sign up today to reserve your spot


Save the Date for People Camp 2024!

People Camp is a unique, one week, intergenerational community living experience run by FNVW and open to all. 

At People Camp you'll discover: 

  • Shared community life and work
  • Opportunities for recreation and connection
  • Inspiring social justice themed workshops and action opportunities

3-day and 7-day camp options will be available again this year!

Check out the People Camp Guide or Video to learn more about what People Camp is all about!

"At People Camp I enjoy time together in shared community. I enjoy the trees and creative spaces and watching my kiddos be independent and enjoying free play!" 


Great Opportunity to Learn About Direct Action


Photo by Eve Gutman


Those of you who attended the George Lakey events FNVW hosted in the fall may have learned about Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT). This winter EQAT is offering a series of free online trainings on nonviolent direct action to build the people power, the skills, and the spiritual commitment for their largest mobilization yet in the Vanguard S.O.S. campaign. 

These trainings will be great for people curious about nonviolent direct action campaigning generally as well as those who will be joining EQAT in action in southeastern Pennsylvania sometime soon. They'll also be helpful for those who are already participating in collective action in spaces outside of the Vanguard S.O.S. campaign and also those who are thinking about moving their money as part of a climate campaign. You're invited to attend the full sequence of trainings for a richer experience, but you’re also welcome to join just one or a few of the sessions.  


EQAT is offering these trainings on Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm EST, starting on January 25 and going through February 29Check out all the sessions’ topics and sign up today!


Thank You To All Who Stepped Up

Our end of year fundraising campaign is over and we are so grateful to everyone who supported FNVW with one-time or recurring donations. Although we didn't reach our $55,000 goal and fully erase our budget deficit, we did make it to $43,000 and we couldn't have done it without you!

FNVW is in a strong position as we begin 2024. We're excited to continue to engage new partners and supporters in our critical violence prevention and peacebuilding work. 

With that in mind, it's not too late to make a donation if you haven't already. Any amount helps!

Your generosity is an investment in the next generation of nonviolent leaders.  


Upcoming Events

26th Annual MLK Day Celebration at Powderhorn Park: January 15th from 10 am – 2 pm

Nonviolent Direct Action Online Study Group: Thursday nights, January 25th - February 29th

January AVP In-Person Basic Workshop: January 26th, 27th and 28th


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!


January 11th, 2024

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

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