Nonviolence in action since 1981


Note from the Community Engagement Specialist
Thank YOU to our Beloved Volunteers

FNVW is celebrating National Volunteer Week – which means we are celebrating YOU!  Please Join Us!

At our Volunteer Appreciation Coffee and Get-together next Thursday, we are going to spend a bit of time together, face-to-face – like in the old days!  We will have coffee, some treats, and a rousing game of FNVW trivia.  Most important, we will get to thank you for everything you do to support FNVW to make our community less violent, more inspired, and more connected.

April 18, 9-11 am

The FNVW Office
393 Dunlap Street, Suite 450
St Paul, MN 55104

Please RSVP to

YOU, our volunteers, are everything to FNVW.  From filming our video project to guiding young people to learn nonviolence skills, from building our database to running our Annual Holiday Fair, from creating social media content to designing beautiful graphics, from producing our Everyday Nonviolence Podcast to serving on and clerking FNVW’s Teams, from raising funds to serving on our Board of Directors, YOU do it all.

We thank YOU.  We see YOU.  We appreciate YOU. 

- Joan Hyman


FNVW uses the principles and practices of nonviolence to transform conflict and to address the root causes of violence in our community. Your financial contributions move our mission forward!


Spring Break Youth Program Recap

Where Art & Violence Meet spring break youth program participants and staff

Last week FNVW organized a rich spring break program for youth in Minneapolis! We collaborated with a number of partner organizations to provide a week filled with leadership and peacebuilding trainings. Youth also explored creative expression through art, song and writing. Chess lessons and open gym time rounded out each day. Participants grew their skills for navigating conflict, stress and frustration. Many new connections were made as we built community together!


Help Grow FNVW!
Table with us at the Friends School Plant Sale

FNVW will be tabling at the Friends School Plant Sale, which is taking place from Friday, May 10
– Sunday, May 12, 2024 outside the Grandstand on the Minnesota state Fairgrounds. This event attracts thousands of people who are likely to be excited about our mission and vision.

Please help us recruit, inform and connect with them by signing up to volunteer to staff the FNVW table for a 2 hour slot. What could be better – growing FNVW while surrounded by beautiful growing plants! Sign up here.

Questions? Contact Joan at:


AVP-MN Basic Level Workshop for Youth
May 4th and 5th

FNVW is now offering Alternatives to Violence Youth Workshops for youth ages 10-30! AVP youth participants will learn to resolve conflict nonviolently in community with one another, supported by facilitators who recognize the power young people have to create lasting change.

The two day in-person workshop schedule is:  

Saturday, May 4th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - lunch and dinner included
Sunday, May 5th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - lunch included


Workshop Location:
The Hub for Nonviolence and Safety
2143 Lowry Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412    

Sign up here to reserve your spot

Contact for more information!

This workshop is offered free of charge. Thank you to Hennepin County for making this possible! 
Participants who return for a later workshop will receive a $50 Visa gift card as a thank you.


AVP-MN Advanced Level Intergenerational Workshop  
May 18th and 19th

Calling all Basic Level AVP Workshop graduates! Continue to develop your AVP skills at the upcoming Advanced Level AVP workshop. The focus of the Advanced Workshop will be chosen by workshop participants through consensus. Common themes include - but are not limited to - fear, anger, stereotyping, power and forgiveness. Mark your calendars and reserve your spot today!


The two day in-person workshop schedule is:  

Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - lunch and dinner included
Sunday, May 19th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - lunch included

Workshop Location:
The workshop will be held at a convenient location in Minneapolis. Details coming soon...

Sign up here to reserve your spot

Contact for more information!


Minnesota Women's Press & Changemakers Alliance
39 Years of Voice and Vision Event


Our friends at Minnesota Women’s Press — now in its 39th year as the longest continuously run feminist publication in the country — are hosting a big celebration on Saturday afternoon, April 13. FNVW is proud to be a part of the steering committee for this event. 

The event will feature performances by Junauda Petrus, Muna Abdulahi, and Deneal Trueblood-Lynch. 

There will be a celebration of the first annual Badass Minnesotans award recipients.

Discussions will focus on reducing gender-based violence, diversity in politics action steps, and collective health. AVP facilitator, Shea Holt, is participating in one of the panel conversations.


Learn how to get involved here, both on Saturday and in subsequent statewide conversations:


Mediation and Restorative Services - 2024 Annual Summit
Rebuilding Community - Developing Alternative Ways to Resolve Conflict 

FNVW is excited to be attending Mediation and Restorative Services - MN's upcoming annual summit on April 25th! The focus for the day is on Developing Alternative Ways to Resolve Conflict. The event will be held at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids and will include timely topics in conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative practice.

Tickets are available at:
We hope to see you there!


People Camp 2024
Gathering the Community - Growing in Unity

People Camp is a unique, one week, intergenerational community living experience run by FNVW and open to all.  

Early Bird registration begins today! Sign up now to receive up to $40 off each registration.

A 3-day camp option is available again this year.

We can't wait to see you at People Camp!

At People Camp you'll discover: 

  • Shared community life and work
  • Opportunities for recreation and connection
  • Inspiring social justice themed workshops and action opportunities

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!" 

Find out more at:


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!


Upcoming Events

People Camp Early Bird Registration: Now - May 31st

39 Years of Voice and Vision: April 13th

Mediation and Restorative Services - 2024 Annual Summit: April 25th

April Teen and Young Adult AVP Basic Workshop: April 13th and 14th

May Youth AVP Basic Workshop: May 4th and 5th

Friends School of Minnesota Plant Sale: May 10th - 12th

May Intergenerational AVP Advanced Workshop: May 18th and 19th


April 11, 2024

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

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