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


Note from Executive Director

Time in Community

With the warmer weather upon us, FNVW is spending as much time as possible out at community events, gatherings and actions! Authentic connection with one another is the foundation upon which all change and healing rests. I encourage you to join FNVW at one of the many spaces and places shared in this E-Letter as we meet new people and share information about FNVW's important work. Time in community is time well spent. Come out and have some fun with us!

With Revolutionary Love, 


2023 Community Connections Conference: 
Saturday, June 10th


Register for FREE here!

Need Transportation? Fill out this survey to get a free Metro Transit pass for the day of the event!

FNVW is Presenting on a Panel with the Changemakers Alliance! 

We'll be part of the 10:30 - 11:45 am breakout session talking about public safety and how to address Gender Based Violence. We'd love to see some FNVW community members there for support!

The conference consists of: 

  • An exhibit hall showcasing more than 100 organizations with fun and interactive activities for both kids and adults.
  • Breakout sessions and workshops about exciting topics.
  • Opportunities to learn about City of Minneapolis policies, programs and services. 
  • A delicious lunch from local food vendors. 
  • Performances by local artists.

FNVW in the Community!

George Floyd Rise and Remember: May 25th


Susie Kanemitsu, Samantha Alexander, Liz Oppenheimer, Leah Robshaw Robinson, Shea Holt, Todd Alexander and other members of the FNVW and Quaker community gathered at George Floyd Square on the 3rd anniversary of George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

We attended the Community Reflections on Shaping the Consent Decree event hosted by the MN Justice Research Center. Learn more about the Consent Decree here. 


Wear Orange Event: June 3rd

Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Samantha Alexander, joined Moms Demand Action - MN & Mothers Against Community Gun Violence - MACGV by canvassing for their upcoming "Not On My Block" Gun Violence Prevention Walkathon.

After canvassing, MDA-MN held a Wear Orange Event with drinks, refreshments, community conversation and the option to create some intentional Wear Orange projects.

Grand Old Days: June 4th

On Sunday, Samantha Alexander tabled at the Grand Old Day festival. She was helped by Demi Miller from Twin Cities Friends Meeting and her husband, Todd Alexander.

It was a lovely weekend of doing what we do best- connecting with the community!!


AVP Spring Gathering Picnic Recap

Alternatives to Violence Project Facilitators and friends came together at a park shelter on Sunday, May 6th for some fun and connection. All participated in a 90 minute AVP session followed by an excellent potluck picnic. 

It was great to have time to engage with the intention of building community and getting to know one another on a deeper level. This in-person gathering is part of an overarching plan to create a stronger community of AVP facilitators dedicated to supporting each other and broadening the reach of AVP programming in MN.


27th Annual Community Peace Celebration on June 16th!

FNVW invites you to come be in company with us at the upcoming Community Peace Celebration in our neighborhood. This is an event for the whole family - all are welcome! There will games, live entertainment, food, and different activities for all ages.

Community Peace Celebration
Friday, June 16th 2023
2 - 6 p.m.

Western Sculpture Park
387 Marion St.
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Please let us know you are planning to attend: 
Community Peace Celebration RSVP

FNVW will be tabling at the Community Peace Celebration! We are looking for individuals who can commit 2 hours during the event to connect with the community and share FNVW’s mission, vision, and programs. If you are interested in tabling but do not feel prepared table, the office staff would love to share information about tabling with you and practice with you before the event.

Reach out to samantha@fnvw.org to express interest, request support, and ask questions. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Help make the 27th Community Peace Celebration safe and successful by volunteering at the event. Opportunities can be found here: CPC Volunteer Sign-up


Peace and Social Justice Meet Up on June 21st

 Register Here!

There are so many groups in the Twin Cities making small and large efforts to advance non-violence and social justice. Imagine if we had better communication channels and partners ready to support our events and programs to leverage our efforts and improve our effectiveness. We know that we need to be together to cross pollinate and the Summer Solstice is the perfect time to do this.

Join Leah Robshaw Robinson and others from FNVW on the longest day of the year at this networking event organized by Twin Cities Nonviolent (TCNV). We can share our goals, struggles, successes and questions with other committed people in our community.

"Twelve Days Free From Violence" is happening this year from September 21 to October 2, 2023. The Shall We Gather at the River is a fundraiser so that TCNV can host as many organizations as possible during the “Twelve Days Free from Violence”  and also a vehicle to recruit more partners and add to our 12 Days program. 

We will enjoy live music, good eats and great company.


Apply to Be a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow

Are you looking to work for social justice, live in community and deepen your spiritual practice? Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) offers 11-month Fellowships in Boston, Portland OR, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.

FNVW is a site placement for the Minneapolis QVS cohort! We'd love to have you join our team. 

Applications are still open.

Apply Today!


People Camp: Caring for Our Future

People Camp is a unique, one week, intergenerational community living experience run by FNVW and open to all. 

Early birds who sign up before May 31st save $40 per weekly adult registration

3-day and 7-day camp options will be available again this year!

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


People Camp Workshop Sneak Peek - Part Three!

Workshops happen each morning at People Camp, offering People Campers a space to connect and grow our peacebuilding skills.

Check out one of the amazing workshops happening this year: 

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

We all want to shape our future to create an abundant world. How can we prepare for the unknown challenges our future holds? In this workshop we will explore our collective experiences and share our vision of what a better world would look like. Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) uses an experiential approach and the wisdom of the collective group to expand possibilities and to discover creative solutions to conflict. Open to all ages.

Maria Musachio (she/her) and Mike Texler (he/they) are both experienced AVP facilitators. Maria and Mike have held AVP workshops in prisons, community settings and virtual workshops on Zoom. They look forward to collaborating with you to envision ways we can care for our future.


 Save the Date: Walk for Peace & Justice!

September 30th at 10 a.m.

FNVW invites all groups, organizations and individuals in  Minnesota that promote nonviolence, peaceful conflict resolution and equitable justice to join us at this huge community building and fundraising event!

This event takes place on Day 10 of Twin Cities Nonviolent's annual 12 Days Free from Violence.

Our kick-off location is Brackett Park in Minneapolis. We will walk to the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge for a Hands Across the River Ceremony followed by food, music and speakers at the Danish American Center.

Learn more and register at: fnvw.org/walk4peace

Together we will uplift the vision of a world beyond violence and a culture rooted in nonviolence. 


Upcoming Events

  • 2023 Community Connections Conference: June 10th 8 am - 3 pm

  • Community Peace Celebration: June 16, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

  • Shall We Gather at the River: June 21, 5:00 - 8:30 pm

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
June 8, 2023

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

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