Nonviolence in action since 1981


Register for the November In-Person Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop

If you've ever considered taking an AVP workshop or thought about becoming an AVP facilitator... now is the perfect time!

FNVW will be offering youth focused AVP workshops beginning in early 2024. We are excited to train our team of youth workshops facilitators and invite anyone who is interested in this work to sign up for the upcoming AVP Basic Workshop happening in November.

The Basic Workshop helps to develop primary conflict management skills using personal experiences, problem-solving techniques and experiential exercises. Some of the discussion topics include affirmation, communication, cooperation and creative conflict resolution.

The three day in-person workshop schedule is:

  • Friday, November 17th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Central Time)
  • Saturday, November 18th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - lunch and dinner included
  • Sunday, November 19th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - lunch included

Those who attend all three days of the workshop will receive Basic level certification at the end of the workshop. 

The entire workshop will take place in person at the FNVW office building: 393 N Dunlap St, St. Paul MN 55104

Find out more:

Sign up today to reserve your spot


Introducing our New Community Engaged Learning Students!

Part Two

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 the fourth student working with FNVW this semester: 

Haocheng Bai is a current senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities pursuing industrial psychology and marketing.

"I am experienced in analyzing customer profitability and problem-solving within company operations, demonstrating my proficiency in data analysis and informed decision-making. I seek to utilize the tools and skills to build a more significant relationship and promote the value to the public.

I moved to the United States from China in 2011, and the experience of both cultures influenced my perspective of social awareness and passion for diversity. As a bilingual individual, I possess a strong aptitude for quickly and efficiently absorbing information, and communication and interpretation skills allow me to establish rapport with clients and discern their needs effectively."


Early Giving Has Begun

Give to the Max Day is in Two Weeks!


FNVW is ready to launch our new Alternatives to Violence Project Youth Program which will use AVP workshops to provide at-risk and vulnerable youth in our community with nonviolent tools for handling anger, frustration and interpersonal conflicts in their life, ultimately keeping them out of prison while creating safer and healthier schools and neighborhoods. 

To support this new initiative, we need to raise $5,000 during Give to the Max this year. That is substantially more than we've ever raised in the past. Help spread the word about FNVW's important work by inviting your friends and family join you in making a donation to FNVW!


“AVP has a role to play in in bringing the community together and embracing this concept of a
holistic approach to peace that imagines the intersections of violence and basic needs and 
caring for one another.” - Reese Graham-Bey, AVP Facilitator and FNVW Board Member

Your gift right now helps build the healthy and safe communities we all need to thrive.
Will you help us reach our Give to the Max goal of $5,000 by making a donation today?


FNVW Holiday Fair Announcements:

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 five business donations 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.

You can also use this Business Sign Up Form.


  • Friday, December 1st  → 1 pm - 9 pm
    • Friday dinner: 4 pm - 9 pm
  • Saturday, December 2nd → 10 am - 4 pm
    • Saturday lunch: 10 am - 3 pm

@ the Friends School of Minnesota
1365 Englewood Ave, St Paul, MN 55014  


Calling All Crafters, Canners and Book Worms!


Put your creative passions to work for a good cause by donating items to be sold at the FNVW Holiday Fair. 

We are seeking donations of handmade crafts, services (ie: snow shoveling, bread baking, pro bono work), Quaker Treasures, homemade salsas and jams, used books, and desserts. 

Sign up here: FNVW Holiday Fair Donation Sign Up Form


🎙 New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode 🎙

Available wherever you get your podcasts: 

PodBean     Spotify     Apple Podcasts    

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 


Upcoming Events


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!


November 2nd, 2023

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

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