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


Note from Executive Director

I can't wait to see you at FNVW's Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 26th from 9:30 - 11:30 am.  

Don't miss this special opportunity to gather as an FNVW community! We'll take time to celebrate the work FNVW accomplished in 2021. We'll also welcome new Board Members and gather your input on FNVW's programs.

This year’s Annual Meeting will use a hybrid format. You can attend in person at the Twin Cities Friends Meetinghouse (1725 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105) or online via Zoom (link below) or

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

Check out FNVW's 2021 Annual Report to learn about what we accomplished together last year. 


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.


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. Friends are welcome!

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


Tell Your Elected Officials to Ban No-Knock Warrants

No-knock warrants are when police enter a home during the night with no warning for the people inside. They can lead to injuries, property damage, and even death. All over the country, no knock warrants are being limited, banned, or put out of use because they are so dangerous and ineffective.

Right now at our Minnesota State Capitol, legislators are debating whether or not to ban no-knock warrants. We know that without pressure from the community, they will not follow-through. Will you join FNVW in demanding action from our elected officials? 

Please contact your State Senators and Representatives telling them to support the ban on no-knock warrants. Locate your elected officials here: https://www.gis.lcc.mn.gov/iMaps/districts/


Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Community Education Classes

This spring, FNVW is partnering with 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 Community Safety I: Strategies for Resolving Conflict  
Jefferson School in Minneapolis
Tuesday, April 12
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,  April 19
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, May 3
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, May 10
6:30 - 8:30 PM
$0-$15 Sliding Scale
Go to mplscommunityed.com to register!


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.


April 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 four day workshop schedule is:

Friday, April 15th, 6 pm-9 pm (Central Time)
Saturday, April 16th, 11am - 5pm 
Friday, April 22nd, 6 pm-9 pm
Saturday, April 23rd, 11am - 5pm 

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


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.


Follow FNVW on Social Media!

Like FNVW's facebook page and share our posts:  

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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

  • Saturday, March 26: FNVW Annual Meeting 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturday, March 26: AVP Refresh 12:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesdays through April 
  • Tuesday, April 12 & 19: Reimagining Community Safety 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • April 15-16, 22-23: AVP Combo Workshop
  • Saturday, April 30: People Camp Reunion
  • Tuesday, May 3 & 10: Reimagining Differences 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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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