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


New Episode of FNVW's Everyday Nonviolence Podcast!

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

Paula Palmer - Co-Director of Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

Elona Street-Stewart - Restorative Actions Core Team Member

Paula Palmer and Elona Street-Stewart on Indigenous Boarding Schools and Restorative Actions 
In this episode, the Everyday Nonviolence podcast explores the painful history of Indigenous Boarding Schools. We also share examples of what is being done by faith communities to address the harm caused by these church-run schools.
Host Diane Sandberg speaks first with Paula Palmer, Co-Director of “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples,” about her research into Quaker-run schools and the multi-generational trauma these institutions wrought on Native communities.
In a second conversation, Elona Street-Stewart, Ruling Elder and synod executive in the Presybterian Church (USA), talks with Diane about Restorative Actions, a Twin Cities initiative that invites predominantly white churches to voluntarily return the wealth that they accrued from systemic inequities back to Afro-American and Indigenous communities. 
Both guests offer a variety of ways for individuals and religious communities to support and learn from Indigenous people.
For more information about the Toward Right Relationship ministry, please see friendspeaceteams.org/trr

More information about the Restorative Actions Core Team is available here: https://restorativeactions.org/

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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! 


Meet FNVW's Spring 2022 Community Engaged Learning Student



I am a Senior at the University of Minnesota hoping to attend medical school after graduating this May. At Friends for a NonViolent World I will be volunteering as a Journalism and Oral History Researcher.

Through this position, I am hoping to create meaningful connections and gain better writing and organizational skills. I am excited to get to know everyone and be involved with the efforts to advocate for nonviolence in our community!


Join the FNVW Board of Directors! 

There's never been a better time to join FNVW's Board of Directors! The Board is responsible for developing, defining, and reviewing the organization’s mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. Board Members are stewards of the organization’s vision, mission, and resources. The Board actively sets policy, ensures that the organization has adequate resources to carry out its mission, provides direct oversight and direction for the Executive Director and the organization as a whole, and evaluates its own effectiveness as a governing body. 

Contact FNVW's Board Clerk, Miike Texler, at board@fnvw.org for more information.


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!


Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) 
Community Education Classes!

This winter, FNVW is partnering with Northfield Adult Community Education and Minneapolis Adult 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. 

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!


March 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 three session workshop schedule is:

Friday, March 18th 6 pm-9 pm (CST)
Saturday, March 19th 9 am-8 pm
Sunday, March 20th 9 am-4 pm

Sign up: online using the AVP-MN Combo Community Virtual Workshop - March 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. 


Monthly Virtual Sing Along

Join us for an FNVW Sing Along on the last Friday of the month. Led by PJ Hoffman, Maria Musachio and friends. You can also lead some of the songs - let us know!

When: Friday, February 25th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 896 8256 2161
Passcode: 442830

Call in option:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)


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.


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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Friends for a Nonviolentworld

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

  • Friday, February 25: FNVW Virtual Sing Along 7- 8 pm
  • Tuesday, March 8 & 15: Reimagining Differences 6:30-8:30 pm
  • March 18-20: AVP Virtual Combo Workshop
  • 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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