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


Note from Executive Director
Rest is Possible

Dear FNVW Community,

An email from Amazeworks recently reminded me that the winter begs us to rest. It outlined a number of ways to rest and also emphasized that rest is not a privilege and rest does not have to be earned. Making time to rest is actually an act of resistance in a culture that tells us our worthiness is tied to our productivity! 

Rest is also an important part of social change work. Rest gives us time to reflect and connect. Rest creates space for us to imagine new paradigms and possibilities. And rest prevents us from burning out.

I know all this, but I must admit that I struggle to practice rest. It can take a lot of courage for me to honor my own existence as a living, breathing human that needs rest. There are people relying on me to get the job done. I often tell myself I have no choice but to keep going even when I am exhausted. Maybe you can relate? 

Believing in abundance helps me believe that rest is possible. When I consider the passion and generosity of all the people who make up the FNVW community I am reminded that we are in this together, caring for one another as we go. We can ask for help. We can adjust workflows and timelines. We have options! We have each other.

Rest is essential. Rest is possible. May you find rest this winter season. 

With Revolutionary Love, 


Please Support FNVW with an End of Year Gift

FNVW's violence prevention and nonviolent social change work depends on the support of individual donors, like you, who believe a better world is possible. We still need to raise $14,000 before the end of the year to balance our budget. Please help keep FNVW's community peacebuilding programs going strong in 2023 by making an end of year gift to FNVW. A donation of any amount is welcome!

What does your donation support?

$25 provides an Alternatives to Violence Project workshop scholarship for 1 community member

$50 Funds materials for 1 community action or event

$100 Enhances a meaningful student intern experience

$200 Provides scholarships for 2 people to attend People Camp

$500 Trains 8 incarcerated people to be an Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator


Save the Date for People Camp 2023!
August 6-12

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 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!" 


January Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) 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! 


January 2023 AVP Basic, Advanced and Training For Facilitators (T4F) Combo Virtual Workshop

Thurs, Jan. 12th, 6-9pm CST, with a 30 min. break
Sat, Jan. 14th, 11am-6pm, with a 1 hour break
Thurs, Jan. 19th, 6-9pm, with a 30 min. break
Sat, Jan. 21st, 11am-6pm, with a 1 hour break

Sign up now using the  AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - January 2023 Registration Form to guarantee your spot!


Gift Cards to Local Businesses for Sale! 

We have a few gift cards to local businesses left over from the Holiday Fair. Contact leah@fnvw.org if you'd like to purchase any of the following. Just name your price! Items can be mailed directly to you.

One Hour Photo Shoot from Sapphire Photography

  • Studio or outdoor 
  • Includes touch ups
  • Valued at $250

Great Clips
Complimentary Hair Cut

  • Three certificates are available
  • Valued at $20 each

December 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.


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Friends for a Nonviolentworld

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.

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 into the future!


FNVW E-Letter
December 22, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Thursdays and Fridays, January 12, 14, 19 & 21: Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

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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