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


Note from Executive Director

Tuesday's mass shooting in Uvalde, TX, which has left at least 21 people dead, is one in a long line of school shootings in the United States. George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis police officer two years ago is one in a long line of Black men killed by police officers. The grief and rage I feel is visceral.

If we desire to live in safe communities, we must interrupt systemic and personal cycles of violence. We must provide resources that meet people's physical and non-physical needs. We must leave no one outside our circle of care. That is what nonviolence is all about. 

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Workshops build community, cooperation and trust which allows participants to experience vulnerability and transformation. The guests on FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast exemplify ways to make nonviolent social change. People Camp is all about living together well in community and building the supportive relationships required for a lifelong commitment to nonviolent activism. As an organization, FNVW advocates for policies and actions that create justice and peace.

A better world is possible. How can you be the change you wish to see in the world? 

With Revolutionary Love, 


Calls to Action for Uvalde
From the Revolutionary Love Project

Photo collage of many of the Uvalde victims from CTV News.

1. Honor the victims. We mourn for teachers Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia and the nineteen students murdered: Alithia Ramirez, Uziyah Garcia, Amerie Jo Garcia, Rogelio Torres, Miranda Mathis, Nevaeh Bravo, Eliahana Cruz Torres, Xavier Javier Lopez, Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, Maite Rodriguez, Jackie Cazares, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, Jailah Nicole Silguero, Tess Marie Mata, Alexandria "Lexi" Aniyah Rubio, Makenna Lee Elrod, Ellie Garcia, Layla Salazar, Jose Flores. You can read about the victims here.

2. Call your representative. Tell them to support a Senate vote on HR 8 (The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021) and HR 1446 (The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021). Click here to search for your Senator.

3. Plug into local actions. Text ACT to 64433 to receive updates from Every Town and Moms Demand Action about how to take action against gun violence where you live. 

4. Donate to support the families in Uvalde. People who have lost loved ones in past mass shootings have come together to help families and survivors in the immediate aftermath.

5. Use resources to talk to children. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recommends:

FNVW Walkathon a Success

The FNVW Walkathon fundraiser on May 21st was a tremendous success! 26 people gathered at Lake Nokomis Beach and walked 2.5 miles around the lake to raise funds for FNVW's violence prevention and nonviolent social change programs.

Minnesota State Senator Patricia Torres Ray (District 63) came to support and spoke passionately about the need for FNVW's work. Members of Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) also joined the walk.

Bravo to the Walkathon Planning Committee for organizing this meaningful, community building, fundraising event. Thank you to Restoration Professionals, Target and Starbucks for supporting the FNVW Walkathon. 

If you haven't donated yet, we still need your support! We fell $500 short of our goal of raising $4,000 through the FNVW Walkathon.
Please consider making a contribution to FNVW in support of the walkers through FNVW's PayPal Account, or by sending a check to FNVW, P.O. Box 4564, St. Paul, MN 55104. 

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

Early Bird Registration Deadline is May 31st!

Get a discounted price by registering and making your 1/2 payment by May 31st. Checks mailed to the office must be postmarked by May 31st. 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! 

People Camp 2022 Workshops

An exciting workshop line-up is in store for People Camp 2022.  The first part of the week will focus on social change activism and feature two 2-session workshops: “Cultural Organizing for Climate Justice in the North”, led by Shanai Matteson from MN350, and  “Strategies for Nonviolent Action”  with P.J. Hoffman. Filling out the rest of the week are “From Blame into Mourning into Love-based Action”  led by Pam Winthrop Lauer, “Mini AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) Training” featuring Maria Musachio, and “Community Singing and Inclusive Spaces” with FNVW’s own Leah Robshaw Robinson.


Congratulations Graduating Seniors!

Congratulations to the graduating seniors who were a part of FNVW's work this spring! These Interns and Community Engaged Learning Students added energy and capacity to the Volunteer Engagement Team, the Fundraising Team, the Walkathon Planning Committee and the Advocacy and Outreach Team. 

They are visionary leaders with skills to match. We wish each of them all the best as they embark upon their next adventure!


June 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 three day workshop schedule is:
June 24, Friday 5-9pm CST, with a 30 min. break
June 25, Saturday 11-6pm CST, with a 1 hour break
June 26, Sunday 9-4pm CST, with a 1 hour break

Sign up: online using the AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - June 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 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 in the Community

FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast will now appear periodically as a guest on Northern Spirit Radio's Spirit in Action show hosted by Mark Helpsmeet! We are quite excited about this opportunity to share the inspiring stories featured in our podcast with new listeners. Check out our first show by clicking here.

NSR promotes world healing by broadcasting inspirational and educational voices of peace and social justice using the language of personal story, music, and spirituality.


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, May 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Hop on using this Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 896 8256 2161
Passcode: 442830


Job Opening! FNVW Volunteer Engagement Specialist

FNVW is hiring a new Part-Time Volunteer Engagement Specialist! We're looking for applicants with a belief in nonviolent social change and a desire to bring people together to build a safe and healthy community for all.

The Volunteer Engagement Specialist is responsible for recruiting, training and supporting new FNVW volunteers and student interns. They also play a key role in planning, implementing, organizing and coordinating the volunteer and community engagement opportunities that drive FNVW's mission forward. Learn more at fnvw.org/jobs. Send resume and cover letter to Leah@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.

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!


FNVW E-Letter
May 26, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, May 27: FNVW Virtual Sing Along 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 31: People Camp Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • Saturday, June 11: AVP Refresh for Facilitators 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Friday-Sunday, June 24-26: 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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