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


Note from Volunteer Enagement Specialist

Celebrating Volunteer
Appreciation Month!

April is volunteer appreciation month and what a wonderful month it has been to be able to reflect on all the amazing individuals who make up the FNVW community, past and present. FNVW is an organization made up of people who work and move with integrity, operating on the foundations of equality and stewardship. The work and change that happens within FNVW is a product of all of you!

FNVW is you, and FNVW would not be where it is today without the amazing souls that show up in spaces with an open heart, ready to learn, and ready to change the world around them. Thank you all for the time, energy, passion, love, and commitment that you share with FNVW.  You all make FNVW what it is, thank you so much!!

 - Samantha Alexander


Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity with FNVW!

Join FNVW as we participate in this fun, family friendly Earth Day clean-up and tabling event in our neighborhood! Lunch is provided.

April 22, 2023
Earth Day Community Clean-Up and Celebration

9 am - 1 pm 
@ Central Village Park

457 Central Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103, USA (map)

Volunteers are needed: help set up, tear down, table, or just participate in the cleanup. SUPC is coordinating the cleanup. 


Facebook Event

Contact FNVW Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Samantha Alexander, for more details: samantha@fnvw.org or 651-917-0383


Virtual Event: "Mr. Jones" and Ukraine's Holodomor

Monday, April 24, 7pm CST

It's not necessary to watch the film to appreciate the discussion. This 15 minute documentary by our speaker, Andrea Chalupa, is an excellent explanation of the famine, the Holodomor.

"Mr. Jones" is available for free on Amazon Prime & to rent or buy on Hulu, Vudu, and iTunes.

Hosted by the MN Alliance of Peacemakers, of which FNVW is a member organization:

Andrea Chalupa is the screenwriter for "Mr. Jones” a film that is critical background for the current Russian war on Ukraine. Based on true events, the film is about a journalist who risks his life in 1933 to expose Stalin’s genocide in Ukraine, the Holodomor. This intentional starvation of almost 4 million people is still not widely known.

Chalupa is also a co-host for Gaslit Nation, a podcast recognized nationally for its searing critique of political corruption.

Our moderator, Carl Mirra, is a member of Veterans for Peace Ukraine Caucus. He is a professor who has traveled to Ukraine twice in the last year, conducting interviews and doing humanitarian aid

Visit their Facebook Event for more info!


NEW Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode

Part one of a two part Everyday Nonviolence series addressing gun violence in Minnesota

Mary Lewis Grow and Martha (Marti) Micks speak with Host Jarren Peterson Dean about their work as co-chairs on Minnesota's League of Women Voters' (LWVMN) recent study on Firearms. In 1990 LWVMN adopted its first position paper on the issue and is now finalizing an updated version. Our guests share LWVMN's analysis of firearms in Minnesota and discuss what can be done at the legislative level to address the gun violence epidemic in our state.

Listen in to gain a deeper understanding of LWVMN's firearms policy recommendations which include:

  • Instituting red flag laws
  • Banning assault weapons
  • Requiring universal background checks
  • Defining ghost guns and 3D printed weapons as firearms
  • Funding community based gun violence intervention and prevention programs
  • State licensing of firearm dealers
  • Funding firearms violence research
  • Opposing stand your ground laws 

This episode was hosted by Jarren Peterson Dean and produced by Charlotte Sebastian, with audio engineering by Hugo Rejas. 

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.
Additional information on LWVMN is available at lwvmn.org
The updated Firearms Study will be added to the studies and publications page on the LWVMN website.

Mary Lewis Grow has been involved in the issue of gun violence for many years including roles as: Founder and National Director of the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence; Board Member Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; Board Member and Co-founder of Citizens for a Safer Minnesota (now Protect Minnesota); and Co-author of MN League of Women Voters publication, Facts and Issues: The Sale, Use, and Possession of Firearms in Minnesota,1990. She taught at Smith College, St. Olaf, and Tufts University and served as Associate Director of the Career Center at Carleton College.

Marti Micks has been a social studies teacher with the Osseo School District and  served eight years on the Golden Valley City Council, and the Housing & Redevelopment Authority. She also worked as a civilian management analyst for the U.S. Army in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A League member since 1976, Micks was president of LWVMN (2018-2019) and is currently president of LWV Golden Valley, Secretary of the Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues. 


Make a Difference on Firearms Policies in MN

Take action today by asking your Minnesota senators to support these three bills:

Senate File 1116: Background checks will be required of all transfers of firearms. This would close the loophole in the Brady bill which only dealt with purchases through a licensed dealer.

Senate File 1127: Extreme Risk Protection orders (aka red flag laws) to temporarily remove guns and prevent purchasing gun while person a danger to themselves or others.

Senate File 2827: Would increase penalties for machine guns or sears that can turn an assault rifle into a machine gun to 10 years in prison.


Volunteer at the Friends School of MN Plant Sale in May

Come volunteer with FNVW at the Friends School Plant Sale! We're signed up for the set up crew on May 9th, but there are many other positions waiting to be filled.

The Friends School of MN generously hosted the FNVW Holiday Fair the past two years. This is our chance to support their fundraising event!


Volunteer Registration: friendsschoolofminnesota.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer

Make sure to stop by this year's Friends School Plant Sale happening May 12th - 14th!


Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) in the Community


With the success of our AVP mini-session at the Changemakers Alliance Bodily Autonomy Event in March, the MN Women's Press has invited us to lead an AVP mini-session at each of the conversations on preventing Gender Based Violence that they're organizing across the state of MN in the months ahead! 

Watch this 3-min recap of the March 25th event and learn more about the Changemakers Alliance.


Welcome New FNVW Board Members

Melvin Giles

Melvin Giles is the co-facilitator of the St. Paul-based Urban Farm and Garden Alliance and Community Engagement Weaver with Renewing the Countryside where he works to heal and uplift communities through agriculture. A veteran peace, diversity, and dismantling racism educator; Melvin has 40+ years’ experience working with youth, academia, government, nonprofits, farmers and neighborhoods throughout the US, South Korea, Southern Africa, and Oaxaca, Mexico. He is known for blowing Peace Bubbles and encouraging bubbles instead of bullets.

Melvin Giles

Cindy Robinson

Cindy Robinson

Cindy Robinson is a retired pharmacist and a textile artist. She and her husband raised four children and have seven quirky grandchildren that they visit whenever they get the chance. She loves singing harmony and is currently studying the mandolin. Cindy is also an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop facilitator and AVP Inside Out Newsletter Editor with FNVW. 

Thank you to Outgoing Board Members

Brucie Hawkins

Brucie served as FNVW's intrepid Board Clerk during 2019 and the tumultuous year of 2020, graciously taking on the position of Interim Executive Director for four months during her tenure. She continued serving as a Board Member at Large in 2021 and 2022. 

We are so grateful for Brucie's service on the Board and the continued leadership she provides as an active member of the Alternatives to Violence Project team.  

Brucie Hawkins


2023 Annual Meeting Recap

The April Fool's day blizzard did not deter us from holding a successful FNVW Annual Meeting! It was energizing to share and celebrate all we accomplished as an organization in 2022. Thank you to the Board of Directors for organizing the event. And thanks to all the FNVW Team and Committee Clerks for your leadership and passion. 

A good time was had by in-person and virtual Annual Meeting attendees alike. 


FNVW 2022 Annual Report Highlights

The 2022 FNVW Annual Report is filled with inspiring examples of how FNVW championed nonviolence in 2022 and made a positive impact in people’s lives and in our community.

Here are some highlights from 2022: 

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

  • Our total in-person & virtual workshop graduates:
    • 63 Basic Level, 34 Advanced Level, and 15 Facilitators! 
  • We successfully developed an AVP facilitation team at the Eagle’s Healing Nest, where we held 6 in-person AVP workshops! 

Everyday Nonviolence Podcast

  • 6 new episodes, which have been downloaded over 600 times
  • Feedspot lists FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast as the #1 Nonviolence Podcast ranked by traffic, social media followers, domain authority & freshness.

Volunteer Engagement

  • 2022 saw 7,958.5 hours of recorded volunteer time!
  • Over 315 people participated in FNVW events and trainings over the course of the year (not including AVP workshop participants).
  • We welcomed a total of 7 Interns and Community Engaged Learning Students into FNVW's work!

50th Year of People Camp!

  • Attendance was the best since 2015 with 78 campers–including 24 youth!

Check out the full FNVW 2022 Annual Report


Upcoming Events

  • Virtual AVP Combo Workshop (Wednesdays & Saturdays): April 12, 15, 19, & 22
  • Volunteer on Earth Day: Saturday, April 22 @ 9 am - 1 pm
  • Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers' Virtual Discussion: Monday, April 24@ 7 pm CT

Check out the new FNVW calendar at: fnvw.org/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
April 20, 2023

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

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