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


Note from Executive Director
We Are Not Alone

it is easy to feel powerless in the midst of all that is broken in our world right now. If we look at what we alone can do in the face of the crises at hand, things can feel hopeless. But history teaches us that change is possible when we cultivate connections with one another and work together towards a shared vision. We must remember that are not alone in this work!

At this moment, FNVW is one of thousands of organizations around the world celebrating International Day of Peace (Sept 21) and International Day of Nonviolence (Oct 2)!

The 12 day period bookended by these holidays is marked by actions, events and celebrations that remind us that there are many people and organizations all around the world who are also passionately and creatively using active nonviolence to build safe and healthy communities where we can all thrive.

Peruse the Campaign Nonviolence schedule or check out a 12 Days Free From Violence event to get inspired. Or better yet - attend the FNVW's Strategic Planning Day on Oct 1st. We will participate in a Campaign Nonviolence march during our time together!

No matter how you choose to celebrate, I encourage you to take time to remember how many people there are on this Earth who care deeply about peace and justice. We are more powerful than we realize. 

With Revolutionary Love,


October 1st Strategic Planning Day

This fall, FNVW will be creating our next 3 year strategic plan. There are many possibilities for FNVW's future. We want insights and input from key FNVW community members like YOU as we discern what lies ahead!
We invite you to participate in an interactive, energizing, organization-wide day of visioning the future of FNVW's work. 
The event will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 9 am - 1 pm. We will meet at Twin Cities Friends Meeting (TCFM), 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN. (A zoom option will be available for volunteers who are not able to join us in-person).
Planned Schedule: 
9:00 am - Welcome and overview of goals
9:15 am - Strategic planning activities
11:00 am - We'll join peacemakers across the United States in a Campaign Nonviolence March.
In-person participants will march to the intersection of Snelling and Summit (1 mile round trip).
11:30 pmA vegetarian lunch will be provided in celebration of World Vegetarian Day!
12:00 pm - Synthesis and next steps
1:00 pm - Closing
Please RSVP using this form: FNVW Strategic Planning Day Sign-Up
Thank you!
Leah and the FNVW Board of Directors

New Episode of FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast! 

Mike Alberti, Managing Director of MPWW

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop

In this episode, Jarren Peterson Dean speaks with Mike Alberti, Managing Director of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW). Founded in 2011, MPWW is now the largest and most enduring prison-based literary organization in the country. It fosters literary community and a devotion to art inside Minnesota correctional facilities through high-quality creative writing classes and related programming.

Mike has been an administrator for MPWW since 2016, when he graduated from the University of Minnesota with his MFA in Creative Writing. Mike’s fiction has been published in many venues, and his first book, Some People Let You Down, won the 2020 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. In addition to teaching classes with MPWW, he is a member of the faculty at Century College.

More information about MPWW is available here: mnprisonwriting.org

This episode was hosted by Jarren Peterson Dean and produced by Charlotte Sebastian, with audio engineering by P.J. Hoffman.

After listening, please consider sharing with your networks on your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) Include a few sentences about what you liked or learned along with a link to the episode.


12 Days Free From Violence: Sept 21 - Oct 2 2022 

Twin Cities Nonviolent (TCNV) is organizing 12 days of events that spark an opportunity for citizens to gain awareness of - and engagement with - local nonviolence organizations. FNVW will be tabling at the closing event on International Nonviolence Day, Oct 2 at 3 pm at the the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul. Stop by and say hi!

View the full schedule of 12 Days Free From Violence events at: twincitiesnonviolent.org


FNVW in the Community

FNVW's been getting out of the office and into the community these last few weeks to build connections, engage new volunteers and let people know about our programs!

FNVW Community Engagement Specialist, Donna Roost, tabling at the University of MN Community Engagement Fair. 

FNVW Board Clerk, Mike Texler, speaking at the Twin Cities Nonviolent 12 Days Free From Violence opening event on International Day of Peace. 

AVP Facilitator, Lorenzo Lien, leading a light and lively activity at the West Broadway Open Streets Event.


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.


Let's Talk About It: Gun Violence in Minnesota

Join Team Keith and Protect Minnesota on September 26th from 5-6 pm for a speaker panel including Attorney General Keith Ellison, Gun Safety Advocate and Founder of Moms Demand Action Shannon Watts, and Executive Director of Protect MN Rashmi Seneviratne. They will be talking about the effects of gun violence on Minnesotans.

After the panel concludes, you will get the chance to work with Team Keith in texting your friends and family about gun violence across the state, and what the candidates will do about it if they are elected in November.

Use this link to sign up: https://mobilize.us/s/jpgk8H


Minnesota Women's Press: Release

The September 2022 issue of the Minnesota Women's Press explores the theme of Release.

There are a number of stories and articles on the topics of Transforming Justice, incarceration and alternative public safety models. Check it out!

MN Women's Press - September 2022 Issue

Minnesota Women’s Press has been sharing the authentic voice and powerful vision of women since 1985. It is one of the longest running feminist platforms (print and digital) in the U.S.


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, October 2nd at 1 pm. Please reach out to donna@fnvw.org for a Zoom link.


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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 22, 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Sept 21 - Sunday, Oct 2: 12 Days Free From Violence Events
  • Friday-Sunday, Sept 23-25: Virtual AVP T4F Workshop
  • Monday, Sept 26: Let's Talk About It - Gun Violence in MN 5-6 pm
  • Saturday, Oct 1: Planning FNVW's Future and Campaign Nonviolence March 9 am - 1 pm
  • Sunday, Oct 2: Holiday Fair Planning Committee 1 - 2:30 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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