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


Note from Executive Director

With Valentine's Day around the corner, commercialized romantic love is in the air. Last week’s killing of Amir Locke by a Minneapolis police officer executing a no-knock warrant demands we act out of different type of love: a fierce, courageous love that fights for the dignity of every human being. This type of love is a powerful force for personal and systemic change.

FNVW’s Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops and mini-sessions teach skills for transforming conflict and violence. I encourage you to sign up for one of the many AVP offerings taking place in the next few weeks (details in E-Letter below).

I also invite you to attend the next Bridging the Divides: Policing and Public Safety That Works for Everyone team meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22nd. Email leah@fnvw.org for a Zoom link and more details.  

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.

Gbemi Oyetunde, U of M student volunteer, speaks about her experience at FNVW in this video clip.


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 feel a new desire to be involved more and utilize the skills I have learned."
- Gbemi Oyetunde, 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 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!

Reimagining Differences I: Who Are You? 
Jefferson School in Minneapolis
Tuesday, March 8
6:30 - 8:30 PM
$0-$15 Sliding Scale
Go to mplscommunityed.com to register!

Reimagining Differences II: Finding Common Ground

Jefferson School in Minneapolis
Tuesday, March 15
6:30 - 8:30 PM
$0-$15 Sliding Scale
Go to mplscommunityed.com to register!


February Virtual AVP Combo Workshop

What: In the context of a supportive community, you'll discover your power to build safer communities and transform conflict and frustration in your life.

The six session workshop schedule is:
Friday, February 18, 6-9 pm (CST)
Saturday, February 19, 3-6 pm
Sunday, February 20, 3-6 pm
Friday, February 25 6-9 pm
Saturday, February 26 3-6 pm
Sunday, February 27, 3-6 pm

Sign up: online using the AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - February 2022 Registration Form  now 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. 


People Camp 2022
Building a Social Change Community:
50 Years of People Camp

Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!
Register onilne: bit.ly/PeopleCampRegistration

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! 


Gerri Williams - Northern Spirit Radio Podcast 

Gerri Williams - Beyond the Books: A Way Forward for White Allies

Mark Helpsmeet recently interviewed Gerri Williams for Northern Spirit Radio. The interview incorporates her opening remarks from the Beyond the Books: A Way Forward for White Allies in Democracy event on January 13th.

The Beyond the Books: A Way Forward for White Allies in Democracy event was co-hosted by the Northern Yearly Meeting Anti Racism Working Group and Friends for a NonViolent World.


February 2022 - AVP Inside Out Newsletter

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.


Mark Your Calendar: FNVW Annual Meeting on 3/26

The FNVW Board of Directors invites you to attend FNVW's Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 26th from 9:30 - 11:30 am.

This event is an excellent opportunity to hear about the work FNVW accomplished in 2021. We'll also be gathering input and feedback from attendees that will help shape the direction of FNVW's programs in the future. 

The Annual Meeting may take place in person or over Zoom. More details coming soon!


Volunteer at the Friends School of MN Plant Sale

Friends School Plant Sale is a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends School of Minnesota in Saint Paul. It’s held just once each year on Mother’s Day Weekend at the Minnesota State Fair.

Over 1,400 people are needed to do everything from building display tables to shelving plants, and from tallying up orders to packing it all up after the sale is over. 

 Volunteer signups are open — sign up here!

Each volunteer is expected to work four hours. Find out about your specific shift time when you sign up.


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


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


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 15: Reimaging Community Safety II: Active Bystander Intervention 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 16 & 23: Reimagining Differences: Virtual Conflict Resolution Class 6:30-8:30 pm
  • February 18-20, 25-27: AVP Virtual Combo Workshop
  • Tuesday, March 8 & 15: Reimagining Differences 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 26: FNVW Annual Meeting 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • 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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