Nonviolence in action since 1981


Note From the Executive Director
The Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we commemorate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the extraordinary efforts and gains made by the Civil Rights Movement. There is much to learn from our past as we look ahead to the challenges we face in 2024.

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable …” Dr. King stated more than 60 years ago. “Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”


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Rev. Dr. King's organizing work took place in the context of political polarization and violent, white supremacist terrorism. Within this challenging landscape, the Civil Rights Movement organized brilliant and courageous nonviolent direct action campaigns that strategically broke unjust laws and boycotted racially segregated systems. These campaigns put so much pressure on the status quo that political and economic leaders were forced to concede and our nation made concrete progress towards racial equity.

FNVW's work is part of the vast legacy passed on to us by the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, Civil Rights Leader Bernard Lafayette (SNCC and CORE Freedom March activist) helped develop the first Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops. AVP workshops incorporate the nonviolent strategies Civil Rights activists used when they encountered life threatening violence during direct action campaigns. The 12 Transforming Powers that are at the heart of AVP reflect the beliefs that guided King's nonviolent activism. FNVW's AVP program is helping to grow the next generation of nonviolent leaders in our community. I invite you to join us as we expand our AVP workshop offerings in 2024 and beyond.

The Civil Rights Movement offers us a tremendous wealth of wisdom we can draw upon as we address the pressing violence and inequities of today. In honor of MLK Day, I encourage you to educate yourself about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the nonviolent strategies used by the Civil Rights Movement. We each have a role to play in creating the Beloved Community. Read on for resources and opportunities to guide and inspire you!

With Revolutionary Love, 


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


Explore the Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence
Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode Series

The gains made by the Civil Rights Movement under Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership demonstrate what can be accomplished through strategic nonviolent action. But how much do we really know about MLK and the nonviolent activism of the Civil Rights Movement? How do we continue to move King’s vision forward in our world today?

Join host Jarren Peterson Dean and guest Peter Digitale Anderson in an exploration of the moral values and beliefs that guided MLK's life and activism. Each short episode in this series features one of the six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence and includes queries for further reflection. Links to each episode are below. Listen to one - or all six! 

Peter Digitale Anderson is the Executive Director of Peace Catalyst International, where he equips community peacemakers and collaborates with others for racial justice and healing.  

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The Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence - Then and Now
Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode Series

Episode One: Nonviolence is a Way of Life for Courageous People

Episode Two: The Beloved Community is the Framework for the Future

Episode Three: Attack Forces of Evil, Not Persons Doing Evil

Episode Four: Accept Suffering Without Retaliation for the Sake of the Cause to Achieve the Goal

Episode Five: Avoid Internal Violence of the Spirit, as Well as External Physical Violence

Episode Six: The Universe is on the Side of Justice

This episode series was hosted by Jarren Peterson Dean and produced by Leah Robshaw Robinson, with audio engineering by P.J. Hoffman.


Great Opportunity to Learn About Direct Action


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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!


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!" 


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 15th, 2024

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

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