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


Goodbye Celebration for Paulie Salazar!

Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Paulie Salazar, will be leaving FNVW at the end of May. We are grateful for her passion and investment in FNVW's work this past year. 

Goodbye Celebration for Paulie
Thursday, May 12 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

at the FNVW Office
393 N. Dunlap St., St. Paul, MN 55104, Ste 450E

or via Zoom using this link

Meeting ID: 869 2404 7499
Passcode: 984063

A message from Paulie: 

Just a short note to say how much I have enjoyed working for Friends for a NonViolent World.

The people whom I have met and spent time with have truly been a pleasure to be with. Of course my best time was the Holiday Fair where I got to meet so many many many people.

My Director was the best of the best, and I’m hoping the next person she gets will be just as special as she is. I’m going to miss everyone and hope to keep in touch with some of you.



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.



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 - New Date and Location!

Calling all People Campers! Mark your calendares for this year's People Camp Reunion. We'll be gathering at Cherokee Regional Park for a time of connection and fun. Bring a blanket or chair and a potluck dish to share. Friends are welcome! 

People Camp Reunion - REscheduled
Saturday, May 14th

Cherokee Regional Park - Small Picnic Area
700 Cherokee Heights Blvd, St Paul, MN 55107

5:00 - 10:00 pm


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

Early Bird Registration ends 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! 


May Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

AVP workshops make a difference! Hear AVP Workshop Facilitator, "Irenic" George Griller's AVP story by clicking here: "Irenic" George on Why AVP Matters

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:

May 20, Friday 5-9pm CST, with a 30 min. break
May 21, Saturday 11-6pm CST, with a 1 hour break
May 22, Sunday 9-4pm CST, with a 1 hour break

Sign up: online using the AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - May 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. 


May 2022 - AVP Inside Out Newsletter

The AVP Inside Out Newsletter publication provides an opportunity for members of the Alternatives to Violence Project (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 welcome your contributions to AVP Inside Out! Review the submission guidelines here. Please email submissions to: AVP@fnvw.org.


FNVW in the Community

As part of FNVW's renewed commitment to advocacy and outreach we are getting out in the community, building our collective power to make nonviolent social change. In recent weeks:

  • FNVW members attended a press conference and rally at the MN State Capitol to demand a Ban on No-Knock Warrants.
  • FNVW's Executive Director, Leah Robshaw Robinson, moderated a forum on Climate Change and Democracy hosted by the MN Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP).
  • FNVW walked alongside labor and immigrant rights organizations at the May Day March on Lake Street.  

 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


Follow FNVW on Social Media!

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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. 

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!


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 12: Goodbye Celebration for Paulie 12:30 - 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 14: People Camp Reunion 5:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Friday-Sunday, May 20-22: AVP Combo Virtual Workshop
  • 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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