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


Note from Executive Director
Planning FNVW's Future

This fall, the FNVW Board of Directors will be creating FNVW's 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's Executive Director, Leah Robshaw Robinson, will be speaking at the opening event on International Day of Peace, September 21st. Meet at 4 pm at the plaza outside Longfellow Grill (2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406).

On Saturday, Sept 24th at 2 pm you'll have a special opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour of The Golden Rule Sailing Ship! Meet at the Watergate Marina, St. Paul, MN for a tour of the boat and talk with crew members about how they planned their voyage this year and their hopes and expectations. Half hour boat rides may be possible and we’ve been invited to get dinner with the crew afterwards.

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


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
West Broadway Ave from Penn Ave N to Lyndale Ave N

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. 


Potluck in Support of the Golden Rule Sailing Ship

Minneapolis Friends Meeting is hosting a potluck with crew members of the Golden Rule Sailing Ship. We are invited to join them!

When: Sunday, September 18, after the rise of meeting, at 12:30 pm.

Where: The gathering will be at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410.

Lovely weather guaranteed.

Questions, contact Jim Lovestar 612-588-8984  jimbo@consciousbody.info

The Golden Rule is a project of Veterans For Peace (VFP). It aims to advance Veterans For Peace opposition to nuclear weapons and war, and to do so in a dramatic fashion.

VFP has recovered and restored the original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, and which inspired the many peace makers and peace ships that followed.

The reborn Golden Rule is sailing once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism. An interactive map of the route can be found here. If you click on an icon you can see stop dates and event information.


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. 


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.


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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 8, 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
  • Sunday, Sept 18: Golden Rule Sailing Ship Potluck, 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept 21 - Sunday, Oct 2: 12 Days Free From Violence Events
  • Friday-Sunday, Sept 23-25: Virtual AVP Combo Workshop
  • Saturday, Oct 1: Planning FNVW's Future and Campaign Nonviolence March 9 am - 1 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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