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


Note from Executive Director

Today is Armistice Day which is also known as Veteran's Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we collectively pause to observe the end of WWI in 1918. Though a war may end, the scars it leaves behind are with us forever.

This weekend, “Bodacious Brucie” Hawkins and “Mighty Mike” Dunfee facilitated our first Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Workshop at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, MN. The Eagle’s Healing Nest is an intentional community for veterans, service members and their families who suffer from the invisible wounds of war.

The community building nature of the three-day AVP workshop provided a powerful, healing space for Eagle’s Healing Nest residents to develop their conflict management skills using personal experiences, problem-solving techniques and experiential exercises. I can think of no better way to honor our Veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made than to provide support for them after they’ve returned from service.

You can help FNVW continue to offer AVP workshops at the Eagle’s Healing Nest by making a gift to FNVW on Give to the Max Day, volunteering at the FNVW Holiday Fair, or by becoming an AVP Facilitator (the next AVP Workshop is Nov. 19-21). Read on to learn about these opportunities and more!

With Revolutionary Love,



Group photo of the Eagle's Healing Nest AVP Basic Workshop participants. 

A role play exercise at the Eagle's Healing Nest AVP Basic Workshop.

 AVP Workshops at the Eagle's Healing Nest are fun for dogs too!


Support FNVW on Give to the Max Day 2021

The programs of Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) empower people with nonviolent principles and strategies for transforming conflict and violence at the personal, community and institutional level.

Skills like these are a key component of re-imagining public safety and building the healthy, connected communities we all need to thrive.

During Give to the Max Day 2021, FNVW needs to raise $4,000 so we can engage new community members in our programs.

We need your help to meet our goal! Please encourage your friends and family members to donate to FNVW now through November 18th for Give to the Max Day at givemn.org.   

A gift to FNVW is an investment in a future that honors the dignity of every human being. 


The FNVW Holiday Fair is Coming Soon!

Shop local with a purpose at FNVW's annual Holiday Fair Fundraiser and Social Event! A wide variety of holiday gifts, unique craft items, candles, soaps, handmade winter accessories, discounted gift cards to local businesses, used books, soups, desserts, Christmas trees and much, much more will be for sale! Proceeds support FNVW's violence prevention work as well as local artisans. 
What: FNVW Holiday Fair
When: Friday, December 3rd: 1 pm-9 pm and  Saturday, December 4th: 10 am-4 pm
Where: the Friends School of Minnesota, 1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul, MN 5510
An online version of the Holiday Fair sale will run November 19-28. Online orders can be picked up at the Friends School on Dec 3rd and 4th. Shop the online sale at: fnvw.org
FNVW is still accepting donations of items to sell at the fair! Sign up to donate something at: https://bit.ly/FNVWHolidayFairDonations. Sign up to volunteer at the Holiday Fair here: FNVW Holiday Fair Volunteer Sign Up Form 
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic and Advanced Combo Workshop - Nov. 19-21

What: In the context of a supportive community, discover new skills and attitudes to address, prevent, and transform violence. This four day workshop offers a holistic, experiential, safe, and lively approach to learning the tools to discover your own power to build safer communities and transform conflict and frustration in your life.

The three day* workshop schedule is:
Friday, November 19, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
Sunday, November 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

Sign up: online using the AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - Nov 2021 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 using 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. If you are able, please make your payment online at: https://bit.ly/2BcG1dH or by sending a check payable to Friends for a NonViolent World to: FNVW, P.O. Box 4564, St. Paul, MN 55104.

*To receive Basic or Advanced Level certification at the end of the workshop, you must attend the entire three day workshop. In emergency situations, workshop facilitators may be able to accomodate an absence of up to one workshop session (2-3 hours).


AVP Inside Out Newsletter - November 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.


Volunteer Opportunity Corner:
Volunteer at the FNVW Holiday Fair

The Holiday Fair is FNVW's biggest fundraiser and social event of the year! We need your help to make it happen. Sign up to lend a hand in any number of ways from baking brownies, to setting up tables, to greeting people when they arrive at the sale. It's a whole lot of fun and you just might get a little something special as a thank you! Don't wait - sign up now: FNVW Holiday Fair Volunteer Sign Up


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


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Nov. 18: Give to the Max Day
  • Friday, Nov. 19 - Saturday, Nov. 21: AVP Basic and Advanced Combo Workshop 
  • Friday, Nov. 19 -  Sunday, Nov. 28: Online FNVW Holiday Fair Shopping at fnvw.org
  • Thursday, Dec 2: FNVW Holiday Fair Set-Up
  • Friday, Dec. 3 & Saturday, Dec. 4: In-Person FNVW Holiday Fair at the Friends School of MN

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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