Nonviolence in action since 1981


Note From FNVW's
Community Engagement Specialist

Celebrating a Successful Holiday Fair

The 2023 FNVW Holiday Fair was a great success! All the guests who entered into the space swooned at the delicious aromas coming from the Friendly Cafe, reveled at the festive music, and were dazzled at the vibrantly colored crafts and quilts displayed around the room. What a display for the senses!

It’s time for a BIG THANK YOU! The Fair could not have happened without the tremendous efforts of the Holiday Fair Planning Committee. A special thank you to Cindy Robinson, the team Clerk who kept it all moving forward with calm and grace; the temporarily-silent Brenda Grove, who organized vendors and managed her cashier responsibilities with precision and sign language; and to Brucie Hawkins, Caron Moore and Sue Fust who worked tirelessly over the last few months gathering crafts, business donations, a zillion used books and more. Also ; MaryEllen Shaw who coordinated donations of Quaker Treasures; MaryEllen Shaw who coordinated donations of Quaker Treasures​​​​​​​; MaryEllen Shaw who coordinated donations of Quaker Treasures​​​​​​​ for coordinating donations of Quaker Treasures; and Jimbo Lovestar for promoting the Holiday Fair in the community.

We offer our gratitude to Mary Hinz for the many gorgeous quilts she handmade for us, and to trombone player Tom Wells who literally did the heavy lifting - and packing - and transporting, as well as arranging all of the beautiful holiday music that our talented local musicians presented. And let’s not forget Rae Cornelius who managed the festival floor with skill and good humor and Lisa Buhta who created a mobile kitchen and enlisted multiple generations of her family to provide what many guests said were, “the best meal they had all year!” 

The volunteers are too numerous to mention, but to every person who worked as a cashier, craft manager, greeter, decorator, or helped with set up and clean-up, we thank you!

We are so grateful to Friends School of Minnesota who donated their space and helped us in so many ways behind the scenes.  Our appreciation goes out to the children who sang and performed music on Friday afternoon and for the support of their teachers who made these delightful performances possible.   

The annual Holiday Fair demonstrates the power of the Minnesota Friends community and our many volunteers who support Friends for a NonViolent World and our programs. As FNVW continues to expand our nonviolence work, this kind of devoted support is more important than it has ever been. 

With warmth and thanks, I offer you all a peaceful and fulfilling holiday season.  I am looking forward to all the amazing things we are going to do together in 2023.

Joan Hyman


This year, we raised over $12,000! These funds help to support FNVW's peacebuilding and conflict transformation work in the new year. 

Thank you to our amazing vendors for generously sharing their creative talent.

Thanks also to the businesses who contributed gift cards and items for us to sell. And thanks to everyone who shopped, donated an item, played music and helped promote the Holiday Fair.


Items are still available for sale – make us an offer!

Cowles Center - one voucher for 2 tickets to a performance. ($70 value)

Rick Bronson's House of Comedy - tickets for 8. ($260 value) 

Autographed Photo of Timberwolves Basketball Player Rudy Gobert

Email if you'd like to make a purchase!


Upcoming AVP Community Workshops


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!

December AVP Community Workshop
Advanced Level - today!

The three day in-person workshop schedule is:  

Fri, Dec 8th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Central Time)

Sat, Dec 9th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - lunch & dinner included
Sun, Dec 10th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - lunch included

sign up today to reserve your spot


January AVP Community Workshop
Training for Facilitators (T4F) Level 

The three day in-person workshop schedule is:  

Fri, Jan 5th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Central Time)

Sat, Jan 6th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - lunch & dinner included
Sun, Jan 7th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - lunch included

sign up today to reserve your spot


🎙 New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode 🎙

Available wherever you get your podcasts: 

PodBean     Spotify     Apple Podcasts    

George Lakey - Quaker Activist, Campaign Organizer,
Sociologist, Trainer and Author

George Lakey's unwavering dedication to using nonviolence to create a more just world began with his first arrest during the Civil Rights Movement and continues today with his leadership in campaigns for climate justice. In this episode, George speaks with host PJ Hoffman as he reflects on his career as an activist. George Lakey offers wise insights and resources for creating social change, even in times of great polarization.

Find George’s recent memoir here: Dancing with History: a life for peace and justice. Other books mentioned in this episode include: How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right-and How We Can, Too, and Toward a Living Revolution: A Five-Stage Framework for Creating Radical Social Change

George Lakey launched the Global Nonviolent Action Database with his students at Swarthmore College to provide free access to information about hundreds of cases of nonviolent action, from all continents and most countries, for learning and for citizen action.

This episode was hosted by PJ Hoffman and produced by Solomon Collins, with editing by Laurel Osterkamp and audio engineering by PJ Hoffman. Music generously donated by


FNVW hosted a visit from George Lakey in September, 2023.*

* FNVW shared 10% of the funds donated to support George's visit with the Makoce Ikikcupi Land Recovery Project as part of our land acknowledgement.


Weren't able to make it to one of George Lakey's events?

Check out some of the recordings below!

Thursday, Sept. 28th -  Northern Sun News Radio Show
Interview with Don Olson @ KFAI
Thursday, Sept. 28th - Justice Unbound: Building Race & Class Solidarity
Conversation with Minister JaNaé Bates with songs led by Good Trouble @ East Side Freedom Library
Saturday, Sept. 30th - FNVW Walk for Peace and Justice Keynote Speech
@ Brackett Park in Minneapolis

Inspired by George Lakey? Consider donating to support the creation of his documentary


November-December Issue of AVP Inside Out


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 are seeking submissions for future issues! Review the submission guidelines here and email submissions to:


FNVW Needs Your Support

There is a dire need for FNVW's violence prevention programs.

  • The number one cause of death among children in Minnesota is firearms.
  • In 2021 and 2022, suicides rates in Minnesota increased to the highest level ever recorded.
  • In 2022, hate crimes in Minnesota increased to 238 incidents motivated by bias.
  • The list goes on.

FNVW's programs offer alternatives to violence and injustice. That is why we are courageously expanding our work to a larger scale than anything we've done before. This requires both an increased investment of time and energy as well as an increased investment of money.

FNVW needs to raise $55,000 by December 31st to cover our 2023 expenses. This is a tremendous amount of money for a small organization like FNVW. We can do it with your help.

Now is the time to invest in youth. Now is the time to advocate for nonviolent solutions.
Please help FNVW meet the challenges of this pivotal moment in history.


Thank you in advance for your support. A donation of any amount helps move our mission forward. 


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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!


December 8th, 2023

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

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