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


Note from Executive Director
Labor Day 2022

Happy Labor Day FNVW Community!

This weekend the United States honors and recognizes the American labor movement and the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. 

The rich history of the American labor movement is filled with stories of nonviolent direct action campaigns that resulted in better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. But organizing to protect the common interest of workers is not just a thing of the past.

Photos courtesy of the US Department of Labor website.

As I ponder the meaning of Labor Day 2022 I am considering the ways the economic, social and political upheaval of recent years - coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic - is altering the workplace, worker's relationships to our jobs, and what workers are willing to fight for.

I am also thinking about how the United States' unique version of capitalistic individualism tells workers that our jobs are both necessary for meeting our basic needs (food, shelter and health care) and should also be personally fulfilling.

Is our model of work realistic and sustainable? What are workers organizing for in this moment?

As you celebrate Labor Day weekend, consider checking out labor actions happening right here right now in the Twin Cities: Trader Joe’sMinnesota Council of NursesStarbucks, and  Amazon. I know I have a lot more to learn!

With Revolutionary Love,


Welcome FNVW's New Student Intern, Zetta Thurow

Each year, FNVW's internship program provides hands on learning for students in the Twin Cities. Our interns contribute tremendous passion, energy and insights that move FNVW's mission forward. In turn, they develop skills in community engagement and learn nonviolent strategies for social change. Read on to learn more about Zetta Thurow who will be interning at FNVW this academic year!

Zetta Thurow graduated from Rochester Mayo High School in 2019. She is currently a Senior at St.Catherine University and is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. She interned at Folwell Elementary School, working with the after school program in the Spring of 2022.

She is interested in working with elementary aged children who are showing early signs of mental illness or having behavioral issues. She feels strongly that when we intervene early and help them cope and manage their mental illness, trauma, or behavior issues then they will have better outcomes in their teenage and adult lives.

Zetta is very passionate about playing soccer and coaching. She has been playing soccer since she was 3 and is currently on the soccer team at St. Catherine University.

Photoo of Zetta, FNVW's 22-23 student intern.

Zetta Thurow, FNVW's new social work intern


September 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:

Friday, Sept. 23rd 5-9pm CST, with a 30 min. break
Saturday, Sept. 24th 11-6pm, with 1 hour break
Sunday, Sept. 25th, 9-4pm, with a 1 hour break

Sign up now using the  AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - September 2022 Registration Form 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. 


Table with FNVW at Mpls Open Streets on Sept 10th!

We need your support tabling at the FNVW booth at the Open Streets Mpls - West Broadway event on Saturday, September 10th! This will be a fun volunteer opportunity and a great way to move FNVW's mission forward by letting people know about our organization.

Shifts will be 10:45 am - 2:15 pm and 2:15 - 4:45 pm. Please email Donna@fnvw.org to let her know you'd like to help!

Saturday, September 10th | 11AM-4:30PM

Open Streets Minneapolis events temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them to people biking, walking, rolling, and connecting with neighbors and local businesses. Congested city streets become vibrant, pedestrian-friendly boulevards where people can dream, play, and explore.

At each Open Streets Minneapolis event, local businesses, artists, and community groups transform their streets, showcasing the diversity, creativity, and culture of Minneapolis. Help FNVW be a part of the action! Email donna@fnvw.org to sign up for a tabling shift. 


September 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.


Request for Items to Sell at the FNVW Holiday Fair

The snow might not yet be in the air, but planning has already started for the 2022 FNVW Holiday Fair Fundraiser and Social Event!  

FNVW would love your assistance gathering the following items to sell at the Holiday Fair:

  • Handmade crafts
  • Donated services
  • Used books
  • Quaker Treasures
  • Desserts
  • Donated items from local business

Sign up here to help: 
FNVW Holiday Fair Donations Form


Interested in being on the Holiday Fair Planning Committee?
Our next meeting is Sunday, September 11th at 1 pm. Please reach out to donna@fnvw.org for a Zoom link.


Follow FNVW on Social Media!

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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
September 1, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, Sept 10: Mpls Open Streets - West Broadway 11 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, Sept 11: Holiday Fair Planning Commitee, 1 pm
  • Friday-Sunday, Sept 23-25: Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

Friends for a NonViolent World
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(651) 917-0383 | info@fnvw.org

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