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


Note from Executive Director

Dear FNVW Community,

Nonviolent action is the antidote to the violence, conflict and division in our communities and nation. FNVW's programs are needed now more than ever.

FNVW needs to raise $30,000 by the end of 2021 to continue our critically important work. That's a chunk of change for a small organization like us. I know we can do it, with your help. There are a number of ways you can keep FNVW going strong.

1) Encourage your friends and family to donate to Friends for a NonViolent World (FNVW) for Give to the Max Day now through November 18th at givemn.org. 

2) Be a part of the FNVW Holiday Fair 2021 Fundraiser and Social Event! Donate items to be sold at the Holiday Fair by clicking here. Sign up as a Holiday Fair volunteer here. And of course, please shop the fair online at fnvw.org (Nov 19-28) or in person at the Friends School of Minnesota (Dec 3-4)!    

3) Make an end of year contribution so FNVW can continue to champion nonviolent solutions to the critical challenges of this time. Your gift sparks positive change, builds leaders and improves the health of our community for all. Every dollar counts. Together we can do our part to build a safe and just future.

With Revolutionary Love, 


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: 
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).


New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Series

In this new three-part series, FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast 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.

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

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 https://namimn.org

After listening to this episode, 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.  


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


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.

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

  • 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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