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


Note from Executive Director

Last week's Beyond the Books: A Way Forward for White Allies in Democracy virtual event led by Gerri Williams brought together 75 people from across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Thank you to Northern Yearly Meeting's Anti-Racism Working Group for co-hosting this event with FNVW. And a huge thank you to Gerri for facilitating this opportunity for our organizations to think strategically about doing anti-racism outreach to white people.

More resources and follow up actions will be coming soon. In the meantime, I highly recommend watching this interview with Heather McGhee author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. 

With Revolutionary Love,


Become an FNVW Volunteer in 2022!

FNVW Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Paulie Salazar, and U of M Student Volunteer, Madison Postuma at the FNVW Holiday Fair.

FNVW Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Paulie Salazar and Madison Postuma, U of M student volunteer, at the FNVW Holiday Fair 


Friends for a NonViolent World is fueled by the power of our volunteers. If you are looking to join a team of engaged and passionate people dedicated to nonviolent social change, look no further. 

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer with one of FNVW’s programs or as a behind the scenes volunteer. We provide a lot of flexibility for customizing your experience to fit your unique interests and skills.

Learn more at fnvw.org/volunteer, apply online using the FNVW Volunteer Application, or email paulie@fnvw.org for more info.

"I found it inspiring to see a community of people devoted to nonviolence and truly seeking to come from a place of understanding and love. I love all the connections I made during this experience, and I hope they will last a lifetime.” -  Madison Postuma, U of M Community Engaged Learning student 


Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) 
Community Education Classes!

This winter, FNVW is partnering with Northfield Community Education and Minneapolis Community Education to offer conflict resolution and violence prevention classes. Classes are led by trained Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitators and incorporate AVP workshop curriculum and exercises. Sign up and help spread the word!

Reimagining Differences: Conflict Resolution
Northfield Community Education - Virtual Class
Wednesday, Feb 16 & Wednesday, Feb 23
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Go to northfieldschools.ce.eleyo.com to register!

Reimagining Community Safety I: Strategies for Resolving Conflict
Jefferson School in Minneapolis
Tuesday, Feb 8
6:30 - 8:30 PM
$0-$15 Sliding Scale

Go to mplscommunityed.com to register!

Reimagining Community Safety II: Active Bystander Intervention Training
Jefferson School in Minneapolis
Tuesday, Feb 15
6:30 - 8:30 PM
$0-$15 Sliding Scale

Go to mplscommunityed.com to register!


Jan. 29th AVP Faciliatator Refresh and Reconnect

AVP Facilitators please attend a virtual gathering to reconnect with other facilitators, improve your facilitation skills and learn about opportunities to practice AVP in a virtual space. This is the start of a bi-monthly opportunity for AVP facilitators only.

Who: All AVP facilitators are invited

What: Bi-monthly AVP Refresh annd Reconnect. The agenda this month will focus on Transforming Power. Presented by Compassionate Chris, Daring Doug and friends

When: Saturday January 29th, 10am-2pm (includes a 1 hour lunch break at noon)

Where: On Zoom. Follow this link to join on Saturday morning


Save the Date - People Camp 2022
Building a Social Change Community:
50 Years of People Camp

Planning is underway for the 50th anniversary of FNVW's People Camp! More details coming soon...

People Camp 2022  
August 7-13th
Northern Pines Retreat Center
Park Rapids, MN

People Camp is a week-long, intergenerational  experience of cooperation, exploration and community living. People Camp provides a unique opportunity to rest and refresh your mind, body and spirit through a variety of workshops, group activities and recreation options in a camp setting.

Check out the People Camp Guide to learn more about what People Camp is all about! 


Support FNVW through AmazonSmile 

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support FNVW every time you shop, at no cost to you! AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com. When you shop with AmazonSmile you’ll have the same shopping experience as on Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to FNVW! Follow the directions below to get started.

Quick AmazonSmile Directions:

Shopping on a browser and already have an Amazon Account:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com
  • Login in and click the down arrow under Your Name/Accounts & Lists
  • Under Your Account, click on AmazonSmile
  • Here you can change your charity, and look at past donations (see screen shot)
  • If you would like to create a bookmark for easy access within your browser, scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is a button that you can use to create a shortcut.

Shopping on the Amazon app: 

AmazonSmile is available for Amazon customers with the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on their mobile phone, including Android devices with version 7.0+ or iOS devices with version 12+. To activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app, simply tap on “AmazonSmile” within the Programs & Features menu or Settings and follow the on-screen instructions.

Disclaimers: Your Amazon purchases won’t count unless you are using the smile.amazon.com url.  Your AmazonSmile donations are not tax deductible.  For more information on AmazonSmile donations including set up for both browser and the Amazon app, please go to https://smile.amazon.com/charity/smile/about


New Episode of FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast!

Elizabeth Lamin - Assistant County Attorney, Ramsey County,  MN

After listening, 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.

Elizabeth Lamin - Assistant County Attorney, Ramsey County, MN on Why and How our Criminal Justice System Needs to Change

In this episode, Elizabeth Lamin talks with host Ellery McCardle about the evolution of her beliefs on how to best address violent crime. Convinced that the traditional and prevailing emphasis on “accountability” has failed, she explains how she is incorporating different methods such as focused deterrence and restorative justice.

Elizabeth Lamin is an accomplished prosecutor with over fifteen years of experience, handling thousands of criminal cases and trying complex homicides, shootings, and other serious felonies.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004, Magna Cum Laude, after which she clerked for Judge David Minge at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  

Elizabeth began her career in Stearns County where she worked in a rural/urban setting handling all levels of criminal cases. More recently, she initiated a partnership in Ramsey County to bring together community members and offenders to promote community healing and reduce recidivism. She lives in Eagan with her partner and their two teenage children. 

Learn more at: Group Violence Intervention - National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC)


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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. 

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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. Your financial support will help us move our mission forward in 2022!


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday January 29th: AVP Facilitator Refresh and Reconnect 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday, February 9 & 16: Reimagining Differences: Virtual Conflict Resolution Class 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 8: Reimagining Community Safety I: Strategies for Resolving Conflict 6:30-8:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, February 15: Reimaging Community Safety II: Active Bystander Intervention 6:60-8:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 30: People Camp Reunion

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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