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


FNVW is Hiring!

Community Engagement Specialist Job Opening

Please help spread the word! FNVW is seeking a passionate, motivated individual to join our organization as the Community Engagement Specialist. This dynamic role helps expand FNVW's capacity and impact by driving two core organizational functions: 

1)    Building upon existing initiatives, the Community Engagement Specialist oversees a comprehensive volunteer recruitment, recognition and retention program that supports the mission of FNVW. The Community Engagement Specialist is instrumental in cultivating a sense of community, agency, and belonging amongst FNVW volunteers. They ensure new volunteers have a good first experience with the organization, and that volunteer’s skills and interests match their volunteer role within our organization. 

2)    The Community Engagement Specialist supports and advances community participation in our programs. They coordinate outreach initiatives that increase awareness of and support for FNVW’s work. The Community Engagement Specialist also works with organizational leadership to build and sustain relationships with members of the community and partnerships with other organizations. 

The ideal candidate will possess a unique blend of relationship-building skills, strategic thinking, and communication abilities. They will pro-actively develop innovative approaches to volunteerism and community engagement and are excited to take leadership of these core functions. FNVW is eager to hire that special person who can build on our organization’s strong volunteer program and help FNVW realize its potential for growth in this moment when our violence prevention work is so critically needed. 

To apply: please send a resume and cover letter to Leah Robshaw Robinson, Executive Director, at leah@fnvw.org. Interviews will begin the week of July 24th. Position open until filled.   

View complete job description here: FNVW Community Engagement Specialist Job Description


George Lakey Twin Cities Book Tour
September 24-30
Hosted by Friends for a NonViolent World

FNVW is organizing a variety of community events where George Lakey will share stories and wisdom from his life as a nonviolent activist. Mark your calendars and come ready to be energized and inspired!

"One of the big things about George is his bottomless well of hope and optimism. He frankly says this is the best period for social change that he's been alive for, and feels excited about continuing with his activism even at age 85." - Betsy Raasch-Gilman

DANCING WITH HISTORY: a life for peace and justice
By George Lakey

A memoir of a Quaker activist and master storyteller on his involvement in struggles for peace, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor justice, and environment. From his first arrest in the Civil Rights era to his most recent during a climate justice march at the age of 83, George Lakey has committed his life to a mission of building a better world through movements for justice. Lakey draws readers into the center of history-making events, telling often serious stories with playfulness and intimacy.

Read more about here


George Lakey's life will be the subject of a new documentary film coming in 2023.

Tuesday, September 26th
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Wednesday, September 27th
7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Minneapolis Friends Meeting               4401 York Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410  

Thursday, September 28th
7:00 - 8:30 pm 
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St
St. Paul, MN 55106

Saturday, September 30th
FNVW Walk for Peace and Justice
10:00 am
Brackett Park
3800 E 28th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406


Would you be interested in organizing a Dancing with History book club prior to George Lakey's visit in September? Please let Leah know if you are! leah@fnvw.org, 651-917-0383


July - August 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 are seeking submissions for future issues! Review the submission guidelines here and email submissions to: avp@fnvw.org.


Register to Walk for Peace & Justice! 

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

There are many ways to take part:

We are calling on all Minnesotans to come out and participate in the Walk for Peace and Justice on September 30th! This is a fundraising and community building event designed to support the people and organizations working to prevent the experiences of violence occurring in the Twin Cities.

Your contribution and/or participation will be a demonstration of your commitment to nonviolence and peace and justice in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Kicking-off at Brackett Park in Minneapolis, we'll walk to the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge for a Hands Across the Mississippi Ceremony followed by food, music and speakers at the Danish American Center.

In collaboration with Twin Cities Nonviolent, this event takes place on Day 10 of Twin Cities Nonviolent annual 12 Days Free from Violence.

We invite all groups and organizations in Minnesota that promote nonviolence, peaceful conflict resolution and equitable justice to partner with us. Contact us at walk4peace@fnvw.org if you’d like more information or are interested in helping us plan the event.

Find out more and register to participate here: fnvw.org/walk4peace

Thank you to our sponsor, Old National Bank

Thank you to our sponsor, Old National Bank


Get Out into the Community with FNVW this Summer 

FNVW is getting outside and connecting with new people and communities this summer! We invite you sign up to be a part of the fun. We are looking for individuals interested in talking about FNVW, sharing information about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, and enjoying  community focused spaces.

Take a look and see if you'd like to join us at any of these events where we'll be tabling and passing out fliers: FNVW Community Events

Please put your name and time of availability down in that box next to any event you'd like to attend and we'll follow up with more details. All event volunteers will get an FNVW t-shirt.

If you are interested in these types of activities but want to gather some more information and practice, please reach out to leah@fnvw.org.

Thank you all for making FNVW the amazing community that it is!


Upcoming Events

  • People Camp: August 6-12th
  • Walk for Peace & Justice: September 30th
  • George Lakey Book Tour: September 24th - 30th

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
July 7, 2023

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

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