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


Note from Executive Director

The changing seasons reflect the transitional nature of life. Last week, FNVW's Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Paulie Salazar, shared with me that she'll be leaving FNVW at the end of May. I will miss her kind spirit and open personality. We're planning a goodbye party on Thursday, May 12th at 12:30 pm to celebrate Paulie and her time at FNVW. More details coming soon.

Please help us get the word out about the Volunteer Engagement Specialist Job Opening! Details can be found online at: fnvw.org/jobs. Send applications and inquiries to leah@fnvw.org.

Spring is off to a bit of a slow start in MN this year, which is all the more reason to maximize time outside in the weeks ahead. FNVW's hosting and participating in a number of upcoming outdoor community events to which you are invited! I hope to see you at one of the many upcoming FNVW events. Read on for more information!

With Revolutionary Love, Leah


March with FNVW for Immigrant and Workers' Rights

The march will start at 12 pm at the MPS Adult Education Center at 2015 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 and will end at the May 1st Street Festival. 

May 1st is International Workers' Day, a day for protest and a day for the working class to get in the streets and march!

As part of FNVW's renewed commitment to advocacy and outreach, we will walk alongside a number of labor and immigrant rights organizations for a May Day March on Lake Street!  

Come march with us! We'll meet by the east entrance of the MPS Adult Education Center Building at 11:50 am. Contact leah@fnvw.org with questions. 

March initiated by Minnesota Workers United (MWU) and the Minnesota Immigrants Rights Action Committee (MIRAC).


Celebrate International Workers' Day at MayDay

Heart of the Beast (HOBT) and the MayDay Council are collaborating with three incredible local organizations to plan this year's MayDay celebrations in Minneapolis. The festival is in celebration of International Workers' Day with an emphasis on immigrant rights.

The block party will be a space for protest, celebration, and healing.

Heart of the Beast, the MayDay Council, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue, and their community partners cannot wait to welcome you to the political and cultural festival on May 1!

The festival will take place May 1, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm in the Four Directions Family Center Parking lot, 1527 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN.


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. 

People Camp Reunion - Possible Reschedule Due to Weather Forecast

Calling all People Campers! Mark your calendares for this year's People Camp Reunion. The date/location may change due to Saturday's unfavorable weather forecast. Check the People Camp webpage for updates: fnvw.org/peoplecamp

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!


Monthly Virtual Sing Along

Join us for an FNVW Sing Along on the last Friday of the month. Led by PJ Hoffman, Maria Musachio, and friends. You can also lead some of the songs - let us know!

When: Friday, April 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CT

Hop on using this Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 896 8256 2161
Passcode: 442830


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.


 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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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
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  • Volunteer to create social media content to help tell FNVW's story and promote events.

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

  • Friday, April 29: FNVW Virtual Sing Along 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 30: People Camp Reunion 5:00 - 10:00 pm
  • May 1st MayDay March and Festival 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • April 22-23, 29-30: AVP Combo Workshop
  • 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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