Nonviolence in action since 1981


Note from the Executive Director
We Need Each Other

It's been my privilege to spend this past week in the company of George Lakey, a lifelong activist, nonviolent movement strategist, and social change trainer. One of my big take-aways from the many events and conversations that have happened during his book tour visit is that successful nonviolent movements require community. Change happens when we build relationships, develop campaigns, and organize networks of support with others who share the common goal of an equitable and just society.

It is our human bonds that keep the work sustainable, give us the courage to bravely engage conflict, create successful direct action strategies, and allow us to experience joy in the struggle. 

Tomorrow's Walk for Peace and Justice is an important opportunity to raise much needed funds for FNVW's work while providing an opportunity to deepen connections within the peace and justice community here in the Twin Cities. Now is the time to build the nonviolent movements we need to carry us through these polarized times.

Please join FNVW and dozens of other organizations at the Walk for Peace and Justice tomorrow!

With Revolutionary Love, 


Walk for Peace and Justice
This Saturday, Sept. 30th at Brackett Park
3800 E 28th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

The time is here – let's Walk for Peace and Justice!

After the kick off event at Brackett Park, we will walk along the Mississippi River to the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge and back to Brackett Park for more music and celebration.

Together we will uplift a culture rooted in active nonviolence and equitable justice. 

  • 9:30 am – Socializing at Brackett Park with music and food
  • 10:00 am – Kick off event with guest speakers George Lakey and Rep. Samantha Sencer-Mura
  • 10:30 am – Long walk starts
  • 11:00 am – Short walk starts
  • 12:15 pm – Meet back at Brackett Park for music and closing celebration! 

There are three walking routes to choose from along the Mississippi River (a 4-mile, a 1-mile and a 1/2 mile walk).


Parking is available on the streets surrounding Brackett Park and in the two school lots adjacent to the park off of East 28th Street There are some handicapped spaces in front of the park building at Brackett Park.

Interested in volunteering? We would love some helping hands on Saturday!
Reach out to or simply come early to help set up

There are many ways to show your support: 

Ask loved ones to make an online donation to support your participation: 
Walk for Peace and Justice - FNVW donation page

Or get in-person donations from your friends and family by downloading this:
Walk4Peace Pledge Sheet

Spread the word– share this invitation video with friends or share our social media posts!


Show your interest on our Facebook event

Sign up to walk

Sign up as an event volunteer

Donate to support the FNVW walkers

Register another organization you are a part of to participate

Invite your place of worship to participate



George Lakey Twin Cities Book Tour Event Line Up
September 24th-30th
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!

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 it here

"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 at age 85."  - Betsy Raasch-Gilman

Sunday, September 24th
How Nonviolent Campaigns Succeed in Polarized Times*
10:15 - 11:00 am
Mpls Friends Meeting
4401 York Av S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

*hybrid event

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 863 8548 3136
Passcode: 629978

Sunday, September 24th
Prophetic Quakerism Tackles the Climate Crisis
2:00 - 3:30 pm followed by a Broadway Tune Singalong led by George on Piano
Twin Cities Friends Meeting
1725 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

Tuesday, September 26th
Dancing with History Bookstore Event

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

Pre-register Here


More detailed event information available at:

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

Wednesday, September 27th
How We Win - Organizing for Environmental and Climate Justice*
7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Minneapolis Friends Meeting
 4401 York Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410

*hybrid event

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 825 2369 0843
Passcode: 817454

Thursday, September 28th
Justice Unbound: Building Race and Class Solidarity*
7:00 - 9:00 pm 
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St
St. Paul, MN 55106

*hybrid event

Register Here for Zoom Link

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


“George Lakey stands out for the sheer range of his contributions to peace and justice, especially in strategy, training, organizing, innovative actions, and teaching others. His upbeat, soul-driven spirit underlies it all, as you’ll catch in this revealing memoir.” – Daniel Ellsberg


Upcoming Events


FNVW works to promote and create peace and justice in our community by using the principles and practices of nonviolence to transform conflict and to address the root causes of violence. Your financial support will help us move our mission forward into the future!


September 29th, 2023

Friends for a NonViolent World
P.O. Box 4564  | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
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