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


Note from Executive Director
Season of Gratitude and Giving

Systemic and interpersonal violence de-stabilizes and harms our communities here in the Twin Cities and across the region. Like you, FNVW feels the urgency and opportunity of this moment. We know through decades of work in the community and in prisons that nonviolence provides a successful foundation for lasting positive change. We need your support to continue our critically important work.

The programs of Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) empower people with nonviolent principles and strategies for transforming conflict and violence at the personal, community and institutional level.  


I am grateful for all the volunteers, donors and partners who make FNVW's work possible. FNVW does so much on an extremely frugal budget. As we look to the future, we are hopeful that we will find the funds to expand FNVW's capacity and reach so we can have an ever greater impact in our community.

FNVW accomplished a lot in 2022 and we have a desire to do even more in 2023. I humbly ask you to support FNVW with as generous a financial contribution as possible during this season of giving.  

With Revolutionary Love, 


Mark Your Calendar for the FNVW Holiday Fair!

Embrace the holiday spirit of peace, gratitude, giving back, and loving your neighbors at the annual FNVW Holiday Fair fundraiser and social event! A wide variety of holiday gifts, unique craft items, candles, soaps, handmade winter accessories, discounted gift cards to local businesses, used books, desserts, Quaker Treasures, Christmas trees, wreaths, delicious home-cooked meals and much, much more will be for sale at the fair!  Proceeds support local artisans and FNVW's violence prevention work. Learn more at fnvw.org/holidayfair.

Volunteer at the Holiday Fair: 

Sign up here: Volunteer Sign Up Form

Event Dates: 

Fri, Dec. 2nd: 1-9 pm
Sat, Dec. 3rd: 10 am - 4 pm 


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

Online Pre-Sale:

November 18th-27th 

FNVW Holiday Fair Online Shopping Website - coming soon!


Hands for Peace Intergenerational Art Project

This fall, FNVW received a grant from the Hamline Midway Coalition to organize a collaborative event with students from the Friends School of Minnesota and seniors who live at the nearby Hamline Hi-Rise. 

On the mornings of November 15th and 22nd, FNVW will be facilitating an intergenerational art project that explores ways we can use our hands to build peace in our community.

Everyone is excited about this collaboration and the possibilities it holds! We'll be sure to share photos and stories from this event later in the month.


Don't Forget to Vote On or Before November 8th

Democracy needs your vote! If you are eligible to vote, make sure you vote by Nov 8th. These midterms are very important. It's critical that we get a large turnout of voters who desire election integrity and support democratic processes.

Learn how to register to vote, download a sample ballot, find out where to vote and more at: sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting


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 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.


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!



Support FNVW during Give to the Max Day 2022
November 1st - 17th

During Give to the Max Day 2022, FNVW needs to raise $5,000 to continue engaging members of our community in conflict transformation and nonviolence trainings, workshops and actions.

Please encourage your friends and family to support FNVW's work this Give to the Max Day!

Because the need for FNVW's programs is so great, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) - USA has agreed to match donations to FNVW up to $1,000. Your support today will help us bring new people into our AVP - MN program as workshop participants and facilitators. Together we can build the healthy, safe, nonviolent communities we all need to thrive!

You can also mail a check payable to FNVW to: 

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

Please put "GTMD 22" in the memo line. 

Early Giving Starts November 1st! 

Each gift you make to FNVW between Nov. 1st - 17th enters us to win a Golden Ticket through a random chance drawing. $500 Golden Tickets will be awarded each day during Early Giving, and prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes all day long during Give to the Max Day on November 17!

Thank you for your early giving support of FNVW on Give To the Max Day!


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!

Request for Items to Sell at the FNVW Holiday Fair

The snow might not yet be in the air, but planning is underway 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


Follow FNVW on Social Media!

Like FNVW's facebook page and share our posts:  

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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
November 3, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs/Sat Nov. 3rd, 5th, 10th and 12th: AVP Virtual Combo Workshop
  • Tues, Nov. 15th and 22nd: Hands4Peace Intergenerational Art Project
  • 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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