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


Shop with a Purpose at the FNVW Holiday Fair!

We can't wait to see you at the FNVW Holiday Fair this weekend on Dec 3-4 at the Friends School of Minnesota. It's an event you won't want to miss!

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 are waiting for you at the FNVW Holiday Fair! 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  
We still need a few more vo lunteers 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
Another way to invest in a future that honors the dignity of every human being is to make donation to Friends for a NonViolent World. FNVW depends on the financial support of people like you who believe in nonviolent solutions to the critical challenges facing our community and world. 

A gift to FNVW is an investment in a future that honors the dignity of every human being. Thank you for your generosity. 


New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Series!

Today we release the third 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. 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.

Episode Three: Cindy Johnson Suplick - Writer, Speaker, and Advocate for Mental Health

In this third and final episode in our series on mental health, we hear from an individual with a mental illness. Cindy Johnson Suplick speaks with podcast host, Diane Sandberg. During the conversation, Cindy talks about a variety of topics, including her personal experiences interacting with the police. After receiving her MBA, Cindy spent 30 years in marketing in the Twin Cities. She and her husband raised two daughters in Minnetonka where they still reside with their Labrador retriever Maggie. She is a doting grandmother, published writer, speaker and advocate for mental health and faith-based progressive politics. 


Cindy is active with the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Minnesota (NAMI).  More information on NAMI can be found at https://namimn.org.

This Everyday Nonviolence podcast series has expanded on FNVW’s research/policy paper on de-escalation of interactions between people with mental illnesses and the police. In the first episode, we heard from mental health advocate Sue Abderholden. The second episode featured Steve Wickelgren, a former police officer who is currently a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainer and therapist. Be sure to listen to all three of these interesting and informative episodes on this important topic.

After listening to these episodes, 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 episodes.


Virtual FNVW Holiday Song Sing Along 

Join us for a special Holiday Themed Virtual FNVW Sing Along! We'll sing songs in the spirit of Christmas, Solstice and the winter season. All are welcome! You can also just listen and enjoy. Led by PJ Hoffman, Maria Musachio, and friends.  

When: Friday, December 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT

Join Zoom Meeting: http://bit.ly/zoomsingalong

Meeting ID: 995 6883 3010
Password: 067324

Call-In Option: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)


AVP Inside Out - December 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.

January Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic and Advanced and T4F Combo Workshop 

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 four day* Zoom workshop schedule is:

Friday, January 14, 6-9pm (CST)
Saturday, January 15, 11am-6pm (two 3 hour sessions with a 1 hour break)
Friday, January 21, 6-9pm 
Saturday, January 22, 11am-6pm
 (two 3 hour sessions with a 1 hour break)

Sign up now using the AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - Jan 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, Dec 2: FNVW Holiday Fair Set-Up
  • Friday, Dec. 3 & Saturday, Dec. 4: In-Person FNVW Holiday Fair at the Friends School of MN
  • Friday, Dec 17: Virtual FNVW Holiday Sing Along 7-8 pm
  • January 14-15, 21-22:  Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

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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