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


Note from Executive Director

A woman who stands down the Russian military in Henychesk, Kherson region. (Twitter/ukraine_world)

People's Action is training people how to Deep Canvass.

Minneapolis Public School Teachers and Educational Support Professionals on the picket line. 


The courage and creativity of the human spirit to nonviolently fight back against domination and injustice powerfully influences the world we live in. Here are three examples of collective noncooperation and organized action that are giving me life in this moment and are in alignment with FNVW's mission:

Internationally, unarmed civilians in the Ukraine are showing their bravery and strategic brilliance by changing road signs, blocking tanks and confronting the Russian military. Corporate boycotts on Russian products have been called by a variety of sources. FNVW stands with the people of the Ukraine and all people who are experiencing war and military occupation.

Nationally, People's Action is leading free Deep Canvass Institutes that train participants how to have vulnerable conversations with voters on critical topics such as climate change. Deep canvassing emphasizes our common humanity. It uses storytelling to pursuade conflicted voters and to motivate people to vote. FNVW believes that participation in the political process is an essential component of Democracy.  

Locally, Teachers and Educational Support Professionals (ESPs) in the Minneapolis Public School District are striking for safe and stable schools. FNVW stands in solidarity with striking Teachers and ESPs who are demanding that we invest in our public education system and our children. 

Nonviolence is a powerful tool for social change.  Hope comes through action. Read on for ways to connect with FNVW's work. 

With Revolutionary Love, 


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, and provides direct oversight and direction for the Executive Director and the organization as a whole.

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


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 welcome new Board Members and gather input from attendees that will help shape the direction of FNVW's programs in the future. 

This year’s Annual Meeting will use a hybrid format. You can attend online via Zoom (link below) or in person at the Twin Cities Friends Meetinghouse (725 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 845 9012 4846
Passcode: 904019


March 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.


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. 


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! 


People Camp Reunion!

Calling all People Campers! Mark your calendares for this year's People Camp Reunion. We'll be gathering at Wabun Park for a time of connection and fun. You'll also get the inside scoop about what's in store for People Camp 2022.

People Camp Reunion
Saturday, April 30th
Wabun Park Picnic Area A
5:00 - 10:00 pm


Public Safety Action Hours with TakeAction MN

People in Minnesota are having important conversations with each other about safety, policing, and our communities’ hopes and dreams -- and about demanding action from the elected officials who have promised they would act to end police brutality and racist violence, and work to end the cycles of fruitless promises of reform.

We know the current police-only approach to public safety is not keeping anyone more safe. We also know that many in power use “law and order” messages and policies to stoke fear and preserve the status quo, rather than addressing root causes or supporting healing and transformation. We need to connect with each other for care and action towards transforming the status quo and building the public safety our communities deeply need.

Members of FNVW's Bridging the Divides Team will be participating in some of the Public Safety Action Hours. We invite you to join us at any time in the series now through April 20th.

FNVW's Bridging the Divides Team invites you to join TakeAction MN for 8 weeks of learning, relationship-building, and conversations with our neighbors. Each Wednesday we will: (1) do political education + relational organizing trainings together (2) call our neighbors to have relational conversations and invite people into meaningful action (3) reflect on and learn from our conversations to prepare for Deep Canvassing about public safety through the rest of 2022.

Sign up here: Public Safety Action Hours with TakeAction MN


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/

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.


AVP Facilitator Refresh

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 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 I - messages. Presented by Motivated Maria, Radical Reece, Perspicacious Fish and Collaborative Catherine.

When: Saturday, March 26, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
(Following the FNVW Annual Meeting) 

Where: On Zoom. Follow this link to join.


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.

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


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

  • March 18-20: AVP Virtual Combo Workshop
  • Saturday, March 26: FNVW Annual Meeting 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturday, March 26: AVP Refresh 12:30 - 2:30 pm
  • April 15-16, 22-23: AVP Combo Workshop
  • 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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