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


Join us at the FNVW Walkathon!

FNVW Walkathon
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Minneapolis, MN
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Support alternatives to violence and champion nonviolent social change in our community by participating in the 2022 FNVW Walkathon fundraiser on May 21st!

We will walk around beautiful Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Food, beverages, and prizes will be provided during the event.

We need to raise $4,000 through pledges gathered by walkathon participants to keep moving FNVW's mission forward in 2022. We can't do it without you!

Sign up to participate at the FNVW Walkathon Website
We hope to see you at this fun community building event!
If you are not able to participate in the walkathon, please consider making a donation to FNVW in support of walkers on the FNVW Walkathon Website, through FNVW's PayPal Account, or by sending a check to FNVW, P.O. Box 4564, St. Paul, MN 55104. 

Climate Change and Threats to Democracy Forum

This is a critical time for the future of the US and our planet. Are we in denial about threats to our democracy? Can we tackle climate change if we are not a democracy? What can we do? 

The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) invites you to join Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer (University of St. Thomas) & Sam Grant (Rainbow Research) as they explore these questions and more. Leah Robshaw Robinson (Executive Director of FNVW) will moderate the conversation. 

Climate Change and Threats to Democracy
Monday, April 25th
7 pm

Register at https://bit.ly/3LTzSlW to receive the Zoom link!

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, M.Div., associate professor of justice and peace studies at St. Thomas, is a nationally recognized teacher, writer, public speaker, and activist committed to nonviolent social change. He has focused his life and work on showing linkages between faith and critical political, economic and social issues.

Sam Grant is the Executive Director of Rainbow Research and former Executive Director of MN 350. Sam has a thirty-plus year history of utilizing critical participatory action research on the intersectionality of racial, cultural, economic, gender, environmental and geographic justice.


4/21 Rally to Ban No-Knock Warrants

Demand that the MN Legislature Ban
No-Knock Warrants NOW!
Rally TODAY 4/21 at 12:30 pm
MN State Capitol

No-knock warrants are when police enter a home during the night with no warning for the people inside. They can lead to injuries, property damage, and even death. All over the country, no knock warrants are being limited, banned, or put out of use because they are so dangerous and ineffective.

Right now, the MN legislature is sitting on HF 3398, the bill to ban no-knock warrants, and preventing it from coming to a vote. We know that without pressure from the community, they will not follow-through. We must demand action from our elected officials!

Can't attend the rally? Please contact your State Senators and Representatives telling them to support the ban on no-knock warrants. Locate your elected officials here: https://www.gis.lcc.mn.gov/iMaps/districts/


Community Safety Beyond Policing: Gun Violence and Community Safety 

Many communities across the country have experienced an uptick in gun violence over the last two years at the same time that we are having a robust debate around the role of policing in our society. How has or should the movement to divest from policing and invest in community been responding?

This event is part of an American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) series on Community Safety Beyond Policing. 

Gun Violence and Community Safety
Thursday, April 21
7 pm CT
Register here for a Zoom link 


New Episode of FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast!

Podcast guests from the Eagle's Healing Nest: Alec Embree, current resident; Melony Butler, Founder, Chair and Director; and Mike Dunfe, a former resident.

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War at The Eagle's Healing Nest

In this episode of Everyday Nonviolence, we learn about the extraordinary work being done by the Eagle’s Healing Nest, an organization located in Sauk Center, Minnesota, dedicated to serving veterans dealing with the "invisible wounds of war.”

Host Ellery McCardle speaks with Melony Butler, Founder, Chair and Director; Mike Dunfe, a former resident; and Alec Embree, who currently lives at “The Nest.” The conversation includes a discussion of the Nest's ongoing collaboration with Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) to provide Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops to residents.

More information about the Eagle’s Healing Nest is available at: eagleshealingnest.org.

To learn more about AVP-MN: fnvw.org/avp.

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.


April 2022 - AVP Inside Out Newsletter

The AVP Inside Out publication provides an opportunity for members of the 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! If you are drawn to any of the categories listed or have a new one in mind, we welcome your contributions. Review the submission guidelines here. Please email submissions to: AVP@fnvw.org.


People Camp Reunion!

Calling all People Campers! Mark your calendares for this year's People Camp Reunion. We'll be gathering at Wabun Park for a time of connection and fun. You'll also get the inside scoop about what's in store for People Camp 2022. Friends are welcome!

People Camp Reunion
Saturday, April 30th
Wabun Park Picnic Area A
5:00 - 10:00 pm


People Camp 2022
Building a Social Change Community:
50 Years of People Camp

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!
Register onilne: bit.ly/PeopleCampRegistration

People Camp 2022  
August 7-13th
Northern Pines Retreat Center
Park Rapids, MN

People Camp is a week-long, intergenerational  experience of cooperation, exploration and community living. People Camp provides a unique opportunity to rest and refresh your mind, body and spirit through a variety of workshops, group activities and recreation options in a camp setting.

Check out the People Camp Guide to learn more about what People Camp is all about! 


Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Community Education Classes

This spring, FNVW is partnering with Minneapolis Community Education to offer conflict resolution and violence prevention classes. Classes are led by trained Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitators and incorporate AVP workshop curriculum and exercises. Sign up and help spread the word!

Reimagining Differences I: Who Are You? 
Jefferson School in Minneapolis
Tuesday, May 3
6:30 - 8:30 PM
$0-$15 Sliding Scale
Go to mplscommunityed.com to register!

Reimagining Differences II: Finding Common Ground

Jefferson School in Minneapolis
Tuesday, May 10
6:30 - 8:30 PM
$0-$15 Sliding Scale
Go to mplscommunityed.com to register!


April Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

What: In the context of a supportive community, you'll discover your power to build safer communities and transform conflict and frustration in your life.

The four day workshop schedule is:

Friday, April 22nd, 6 pm-9 pm (Central Time)
Saturday, April 23rd, 11am - 5pm 
Friday, April 29th, 6 pm-9 pm
Saturday, April 30th, 11am - 5pm 

Sign up: online using the AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - April 2022 Registration Form  now to guarantee your spot! 

Where: The entire workshop will take place via Zoom. We are happy to provide technological assistance if you have any questions about using Zoom.

Who: All are welcome to attend. No prior experience necessary. 

Cost: The suggested fee to participate in this workshop is $25 - $100. We understand that not everyone may be able to afford this, and no one is turned away due to lack of funds. 


 FNVW 2021 Annual Report

The FNVW 2021 Annual Report is filled with inspiring examples of how FNVW championed nonviolence in 2021 and made a positive impact in people’s lives and in our community. Check it out! 

FNVW 2021 Annual Report


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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. 

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This is a historic moment where communities are re-imagining public safety and how we live in relationship with one another. 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 in 2022!


Upcoming Events

  • April 21: Rally to Ban No-Knock Warrants 12:30 pm
  • April 21: Gun Violence and Community Policing 7 pm
  • April 22-23, 29-30: AVP Combo Workshop
  • Monday, April 25: Climate Change and Threats to Democracy 7:00 pm
  • Friday, April 29th: FNVW Virtual Sing Along 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 30: People Camp Reunion 5:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 3 & 10: Reimagining Differences 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 21: FNVW Walkathon at Lake Nokomis 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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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