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


New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Series!

Today we release the second episode in a three-part series that expands on FNVW’s research/policy paper, exploring the de-escalation of interactions between people with mental illnesses and the police. We’ll hear three different perspectives: 1) a mental health advocate 2) a crisis intervention trainer, therapist, and former police officer and 3) an individual with a mental illness. During the series, we’ll learn more about mental illness, past and present challenges around police interactions with people experiencing a mental health crisis, and steps for addressing those challenges.


Episosde One: Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Minnesota

 Everyday Nonviolence podcast guest Sue Abderholden


In our first episode, Everyday Nonviolence host, Diane Sandberg, talks with Sue Abderholden. Sue has devoted her career to changing laws and attitudes that affect people with disabilities and their families. Since the fall of 2001, she has served as the Executive Director for NAMI Minnesota. Additionally, Sue has held leadership positions with Arc of Minnesota, former U.S. Senator Paul D. Wellstone’s staff, and PACER Center.  She is a community faculty member for the U of MN School of Social Work teaching health and mental health policy. 

More information on NAMI Minnesota is available at namimn.org.


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Episode Two: Steve Wickelgren - Clinical Director for MN Crisis Intervention Team

Everyday Nonviolence podcast guest Steve Wickelgren

In our second episode, "Everyday Nonviolence” host , Ellery McCardle, talks with Steve Wickelgren. Steve is the Clinical Director for Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team (MN CIT), a nonprofit training organization that he co-founded in 2006. He has been presenting Crisis Intervention Team training since then in addition to his administrative role. He started his career in law enforcement in 1986 and retired in 2014. During his career with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) he also became a "use of force" instructor. In 2001 Steve became the coordinator of the MPD Employee Assistance Program. He earned a masters degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed therapist. Besides his role with CIT training, he has a private practice providing counseling for public safety personnel. 
More information is available here on MN CIT

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FNVW Needs Your Support 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 to expand access to our programs.

We won't meet our goal without your help! Please make a contribution and encourage your friends and family members to donate to FNVW on 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. Thank you for your generosity. 


Online Holiday Fair Shopping Begins Nov. 19!

 Shop local with a purpose at FNVW's annual Holiday Fair Fundraiser and Social Event!

This year's fair is happening online and in person.
A wide variety of holiday gifts, unique craft items, candles, soaps, handmade winter accessories, discounted gift cards to local businesses, used books, soups, desserts, Quaker Treasures, 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
We still need v olunteers to make the in-person Holiday Fair a success. N95 masks will be provided to all volunteers along with a little something special to show our appreciation! Sign up here: FNVW Holiday Fair Volunteer Sign Up Form 
*Due to the continuing concerns around COVID-19, masks will be required at the FNVW Holiday Fair.

Carmelina Rodriguez-Reyes
July 17, 1947- November 13, 2021

Carmelina Rodriguez-Reyes


Long time People Camper, Carmelina Maria Rodriguez-Reyes was a dynamic force of love, light and diligence with family and friends who love her deeply. Her bright spirit will be missed by the FNVW Community. You can read Carmelina's full obituary here.

Memorial Feast

Sunday, November 21, 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Church of Gichitwaa Kateri
3045 Park Ave
South Minneapolis, MN 55407


FNVW Zoom Showing of Mission: Joy 

“Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: Joy is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite circumstances.

Inspired by the New York Times bestseller The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, the film showcases the exchange between these two Nobel Peace Prize winners that led to that book.” 

Thanks to our friends at Interfaith Power and Light we are able to offer an FNVW screening of this inspiring film. Join us on: 

Tuesday, November 23rd at 10 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 869 3555 1833
Passcode: 448727


Introducing FNVW's Newest 2021-22 Social Work Intern  

Each year, FNVW's internship program provides hands on learning for students in the Twin Cities. Our interns contribute tremendous passion, energy and insights that move FNVW's mission forward. In turn, they develop skills in community engagement, organizing and nonviolent social change. We are excited to welcome Susan Shouse to FNVW as our new Fundraising Intern!

FNVW's New 2021-22 Fundraising Intern - Susan Shouse

Susan Shouse (sounds like house with an 'S" on the front) answers to Susan, Sue, Suz, Shouse, Shousey, and Shoe-say. She's originally from Northern Arizona but has lived in South Minneapolis for almost 30 years.

Susan worked in media advertising for 20+ years as a project manager & data analyst but decided to make a change in 2019. She currently works at MN Health Fairview as the Team Lead for Mental Health & Addiction Virtual Visits. She is a senior at St Catherine University in the Bachelor's of Social Work Program and plans on getting my masters there as well so she can become a licensed trauma therapist.  

Some of Susan's favorite things are: sitting down for hours and getting lost in a good book, dad jokes, great big belly laughs, and cross stitching. She can be bribed with: iced coffee beverages and sour patch kids ;-)

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).


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! N95 masks will be provided.

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
  • Sunday, Nov. 21: Carmelina Rodriguez-Reyes Memorial Feast from 3-6 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23rd: Zoom Viewing of Mission: Joy at 10 am
  • 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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