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


Note from Executive Director

Screen shot of FNVW office meeting

A screen shot of one of FNVW's hybrid office meetings. 

9:30 am - 3:30 pm Tuesday - Thursday 

FNVW staff are back in the office part time! We are enjoying the spontaneous conversations and connections that this allows. We are also becoming hybrid meeting savvy. We hope you stop by to say hi! Be sure to check out FNVW's Covid Safety Policy before you visit.

With revolutionary love, Leah


Volunteer Opportunity Corner:
Donate Items to be sold at the FNVW Holiday Fair

Planning is underway for the 2021 FNVW Holiday Fair! The event will take place December 3-4 at the Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul. 

We need your help gathering items to sell at the Holiday Fair. Sign up on this form to:

  • Donate crafty things you make like sweaters, quilts, carvings, paintings, dolls and doll clothing etc.
  • Donate a service you could provide to someone such as shoveling snow/mowing grass, a massage, assistance with cleaning (especially those garages that get filled with stuff we don’t remember), dog walking, and anything that may be useful for people.
  • Ask your favorite businesses to donate a gift card or item from their store. You can use this Holiday Fair Buisiness Donation Form.

Please let us know that you plan to donate items by signing up on this Holiday Fair Donation Sign Up Form. Contact Paulie Salazar with questions: paulie@fnvw.org 


AVP Inside Out Newsletter - October Issue

The AVP Inside Out publication provides an opportunity for members of the 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 are seeking submissions for future  issues! If you are drawn to any of the categories listed or have a new one in mind, we welcome your contributions. Review the submission guidelines here. Please email submissions to: AVP@fnvw.org.


Take Action: Organize with FNVW to Change the Charter

FNVW is working with BIPOC led organizations and members of Minneapolis Friends Meeting to pass the Charter Amendment to create a Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis.

FNVW will be phone banking with Yes4Minneapolis on Monday nights in October. Sign up here to join us in mobilizing people to vote yes on Question 2.  


Minneapolis Public Safety Charter Amendment Community Conversation with FNVW

Members of FNVW's Bridging the Divides: Policing and Public Safety That Works for Everyone team invite you to join us in exploring the proposed Public Safety Charter Amendment question on the Minneapolis ballot this fall. As a group, we'll reflect on what safety means to us and discuss the how the public safety charter amendment expands nonviolent crisis response options in Minneapolis.

7 - 8:30 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 5918 4536
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799


New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode

Jon Vang Tao - Activist with Man Forward (Re-release)

Originally released in June, 2018 Jon Vang, now Jon Vang Tao, spoke with Joann Perry, the first host of the “Everyday Nonviolence” podcast. Jon and Joann talk about his work as an activist with Man Forward. He discusses masculinity, the challenges facing individuals coming out of prison, and his dedication to ending gender-based violence in the Asian community. Jon became an facilitator with FNVW’s Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) while he was incarcerated.  

In a recent conversation, which concludes the podcast, we learn about the continuing work and growth of Man Forward. And on a personal note, Jon cites the birth of his daughter, which he was anticipating at the time of the first recording, as the source of much joy and delight over the past three years.

More information about Man Forward is available at: https://www.man-forward.org

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


Follow FNVW on Social Media!

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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.

FNVW in the Community

Photos from the "In Search of Peace Through Public Art" event on Nicollet Mall.

On September 25th, FNVW partnered with Minneapolis Community Education to lead an event called "In Search of Peace through Minneapolis Public Art: Nicollet Mall Art Crawl".  Twenty people gathered to explore public art as an instrument of peace in our community. During the event Leah Robshaw Robinson guided the group to engage with the art installations from a place of wonder, sharing how wonder is the foundation for nonviolent change. PJ Hoffman performed songs used in nonviolent social movements to demonstrate how music is a powerful force for peace.

This event was registered part of Pace e Bene's Campaign Nonviolence Action Week. Leah Robshaw Robinson presented at three other events connected to International Peace Day 2021, including Twin Cities NonViolent's 10 Days Free From Violence Event. 


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. There is a lot FNVW can accomplish in 2021 with your financial support!


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, October 9: Holiday Fair Planning Committee 9:30-11:00 am
  • Mondays in October: Public Safety Charter Amendment phone banking with FNVW and Yes4Minneapolis 5-8 pm
  • Tuesday, October 12: FNVW's Reimagining Community Safety Workshop through Minneapolis Community Education 6:15-8:15 pm
  • Monday, October 18: FNVW Board Meeting 6:30-8 pm
  • Tuesday, October 19: FNVW Community Conversation on the Minneapolis Public Safety Charter Amendment 7-8:30 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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