Nonviolence in action since 1981


Experience the George Lakey Effect

Okay you all... when is the last time you got to hang out with someone who:

  • Organized with Cesar Chavez and Bayard Rustin? 
  • Has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents?
  • Came out as bisexual while giving the the plenary speech at their religious denomination's national convention? In 1974!
  • Took action against the war in Vietnam by delivering medical supplies through a naval blockade in the South China Sea?
  • Led a nonviolent direct action campaign against the seventh largest bank in the United States - and won?
  • Can play Broadway Tunes on the piano on demand in any key?

George Lakey speaking at Magers and Quinn Booksellers, bonding with students at the Friends School of MN, and leading us all in song following last Sunday's event at TCFM

George Lakey's done all of the above and so much more. He is one of the most influential peace and justice organizers of our time. And FNVW is hosting him right here, right now in the Twin Cities!

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear George Lakey's stories!


Wednesday, Sept. 27th

How We Win: Organizing for Environmental and Climate Justice


Organizer Nazir Khan will discuss the Minnesota Environmental Justice Table's campaign to shut down the HERC Trash Burner. Joe Vital will share insights from East Phillips Neighborhood Institute's campaign around the Rooftop Depot site. George Lakey will weave in lessons learned from campaigns he's organized and share stories from his involvement in struggles for peace, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor justice, and environmental and climate justice. This is an event not to be missed!

7:00 - 9:00 pm CDT
Mpls Friends Meeting 4401 York Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Join this event virtually: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 825 2369 0843
Passcode: 817454


Comma, a bookstore, will have copies of Dancing with History available for purchase at this event along with another of Lakey’s books, How We Win!


Thursday, Sept. 28th

Justice Unbound: Building Race and Class Solidarity

How do we successfully work together across differences to fight for racial and economic justice? How does polarization create surprising new possibilities? How do we show up for one another and build power together without burning out by spreading ourselves too thin?


REGISTER HERE. This event is free and open to the public, but we encourage registration to help us plan. For virtual attendance, registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. 

Join nonviolent activist, professor, and movement elder George Lakey and Director of Communications, ISAIAH MN, Minister JaNaé Bates on September 28th as they discuss these questions and more. Historian Peter Rachleff will moderate this special event taking place as a part of George Lakey’s Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice international book tour. George Lakey’s life and vast experience with nonviolent campaign organizing reminds us how to find hope in even the darkest times through strategic, joyful activism.

Good Trouble, the songleading duo made up of mixed Asian songleaders Liz Digitale Anderson and Conie Borchardt, will open the event with community singing that creates space for justice, fun, and healing.

Subtext Books will have copies of Dancing with History available for purchase at this event along with another of Lakey’s books, How We Win!  

The event will be followed by a book signing. Light refreshments provided.


George Lakey Twin Cities Book Tour
Public Event Line Up

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!

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


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

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


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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 27th, 2023

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P.O. Box 4564  | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
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