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


Note from Executive Director



Mark your calendars for FNVW's Virtual Annual Meeting on March 27th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. CST. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to gather together and celebrate what FNVW accomplished during 2020! We'll welcome new Board Members and appreciate outgoing Board Members, too. You'll also learn what’s on the horizon for FNVW in 2021. I hope to see you there!


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

We will feature volunteer position openings at FNVW in a "Volunteer Opportunity Corner" in each e-letter.

FNVW Volunteer Position Opening! Annual Report Copy Editor

Do you have strong attention to detail and/or a love for language and editing? If this sounds like you, we would love your help with the final stages of editing FNVW's Annual Report for our Annual Meeting on March 27th.

Contact Leah Robshaw Robinson at leah@fnvw.org for more information.


Take Action - COVID-19 Relief Bill

As Congress actively debates the next COVID-19 relief package, we encourage you to contact your elected officials to urge them to take bold action and respond to the real needs of all communities struggling right now. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted people who are incarcerated, low-income Black and brown communities, and immigrants; we need a relief package that addresses the public health and economic impacts on these communities.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has pre-written letters that you can use as a template to contact your US Senators/Representatives. The letters ask elected officials to: "provide vaccinations and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for everyone incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers, while also prioritizing their release," raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and take action on other measures to support the needs of our communities.

Contact your officials through AFSC's website here. Consider personalizing your message to include asks on issues that are important to you and so that your letter stands out.


Monthly Virtual Singalong

Join us for an FNVW Singalong on the last Friday of the month. Led by PJ Hoffman, Jan Marie Willard, and friends. You can also lead some of the songs - let us know!

When: Friday, February 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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

Meeting ID: 995 6883 3010
Password: 067324

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


Taste of People Camp Gathering

We are looking forward to TASTE OF PEOPLE CAMP, a virtual gathering to celebrate friendships old and new. Please invite people you think might be interested in coming to camp this summer. We are planning for an in-person People Camp experience at Northern Pines Retreat Center, August 8-14, with flexible expectations. We would love to increase our community this year, enriching our experience through expanded participation.

This year's campers will be exploring the theme "Seeking Justice in a Changing World."

Here's all you need to know about the Taste of People Camp Gathering...

When: Saturday, April 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CST

Where: On Zoom of course!

What to expect:

  • Virtual potluck
  • Gathering song and a lively virtual game
  • 2 rounds of breakout rooms where we can meet in smaller groups
  • Business portion: Introduction to the Planning Committee’s efforts towards envisioning People Camp 2021
  • Singalong for those who choose to hang out longer
Hope to see a Zoom screen FULL of People Campers!
Stay tuned for a preview of the People Camp book club selections in our next e-letter...

The People's Inauguration Whatcha Wednesday Series

Join FNVW for a Whatcha Wednesday series inspired by The People’s Inauguration - "10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love" virtual event! FNVW is partnering with The People's Inauguration to engage and amplify the critical work of rebuilding our nation. In this series, we’ll ground ourselves in the ethic of revolutionary love — love for others, for our opponents, and for ourselves. We’ll focus on a different core teaching each week, using Valarie Kaur’s recorded videos as a guide. The order of our series will correspond with the 10-day online journey (e.g., “Week 1” corresponds with “Day 1”).  Check out the full lineup here. If you’re interested in co-facilitating one of these sessions, please reach out to Miranda Dils (miranda@fnvw.org) - we’d love to work with you.

Week 6 - Reimagine

This week's teaching and guided inquiry call for us to protect time and space for reimagining and creating beloved community. We’ll learn to direct our attention to what we’re fighting for and the importance of discerning which institutions can be reformed and which must be dismantled (from TPI website).

When: Wednesday, March 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m. CST. Facilitated by Leah Robshaw Robinson.

Week 7 - Breathe

Today’s teaching and guided inquiry are centered around the practice of breathing as a life-giving act, and on the importance of shifting from self-care to community care to sustain us in the labor of love (from TPI website).

When: Wednesday, March 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m. CST. Facilitated by Leah Robshaw Robinson.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96162676801?pwd=Q3ZOWCtGTE1WMEJLbG96NmpHVDNpZz09

Meeting ID: 961 6267 6801
Password: 655383

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


What happened at this week's Whatcha Wednesday? We turned to the second of three themes in the revolutionary love journey, which focuses on "tending the wound" through loving our opponents. This week, we delved into the value, challenges, and nuances of listening, particularly listening to our perceived opponents. We listened to powerful firsthand accounts from Valarie Kaur, Sister Simone Campbell, and Van Jones about times that they listened to people with different worldviews as a starting point for our own conversation. Then, we spoke candidly with one another about ways we're striving to practice deep listening and how deep listening can inform strategic actions for justice by seeking to include "opponents" in the solutions.





COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 2.23.21, there are 3,885 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota state prison facilities, along with 11 Covid-19-related inmate deaths. The Department of Corrections posts daily on their website with updated numbers. Find other updates here.





Upcoming Events

  • Friday, February 26: Virtual Singalong, 7-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3: The People's Inauguration Whatcha Wednesday Series - Week 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10: The People's Inauguration Whatcha Wednesday Series - Week 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 27: Annual Meeting, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 17: Taste of People Camp Gathering, 6-7:30 p.m.

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