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


Note from Executive Director

There is tremendous need for FNVW’s programs in this historic moment. Catalyzed by the pandemic, the death of George Floyd under the knee of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, the uprising in Minneapolis, the storming of the US Capitol in January, and the recent mass shootings in our nation, 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 champions.

In April, we are inviting everyone in the FNVW community to ask five people they know to make a $5 gift to support FNVW. Our goal is to engage 100 new donors. Your participation in this campaign will make a major difference in what FNVW can accomplish this year! Please consider helping FNVW raise the funds we need to move our mission forward in 2021. 

With you, 


Ask Five People for $5 to Support FNVW's Work

FNVW uses nonviolent approaches to social change to help bend the arc of the universe towards justice. Programs like the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and People Camp offer time tested methods for how to live in right relationship with one another. The Everyday Nonviolence Podcast shares inspirational stories of people using the principles and strategies of nonviolence for healing and social change. Through our Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone program, FNVW is organizing for equitable policing and public safety models.

There is a lot FNVW hopes to accomplish in 2021, but we need your help raising the funds to do it. 

In April, we are inviting everyone in the FNVW community to ask five people they know to make a $5 gift to support FNVW. 

There are lots of ways to talk about why FNVW's work matters. We encourage you to share your own FNVW story as a part of your ask. You can also find inspiration in FNVW's 2020 Annual Report. Donations can be made online at fnvw.org or by sending a check to: FNVW, P.O. Box 4564, St. Paul, MN.


Taste of People Camp Gathering & Registration Open!

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."

Registration for People Camp is open NOW! Sign up here: People Camp 2021 Registration Form

Here's all you need to know about the Taste of People Camp Gathering...hope to see a Zoom screen FULL of People Campers!

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

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

Join Zoom Meeting: http://bit.ly/tastepc2021

Meeting ID: 932 5966 2416
Password: 245904

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


AVP Inside Out - April 2021 Issue

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. We hope you'll enjoy reading it and contributing to it in the months ahead. 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.MN.Community@gmail.com.


Take Action - Attend Bystander Intervention Training & Debrief

Photo Credit: AAJC & Hollaback!

Join FNVW in taking a bystander intervention training, co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and Hollaback!, to learn how you can intervene effectively and safely to stand up against anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment. The interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. Learn more and sign up for the free, one-hour training here - current open trainings are on April 22nd, May 3rd, 14th, 20th & 24th.

We'll also meet to debrief as an FNVW community after the training on Tuesday, April 13th (which is at capacity) from 7:00-7:30 p.m. CDT. Anyone is welcome to attend the debrief, even if you haven't taken the training or if you're signed up for a later training.

Zoom Info for Debrief on Tuesday, April 13th, 7:00-7:30 p.m. CDT

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)


New Wednesday Connection Opportunity: April Queries

Over the past year, Whatcha Wednesdays have been a wonderful, consistent space for rich discussion and exploration of topics relevant to FNVW’s work. We’re not leaving behind our weekly connection time, but we are shifting into something new for the month of April and moving forward.

On the next three Wednesdays in April, FNVW staff will be presenting a query/question at the start of the session. Then, we’ll leave the space open for reflection and discussion about this query, letting the conversation flow naturally. See more details below.

April Query #1

"There are two questions that a [person] must ask [themself]. The first is, 'Where am I going?' and the second is 'Who will go with me?' If you ever get these questions in the wrong order, you are in trouble."
-Howard Thurman

What does quotation mean to you? Do you agree or disagree?

When: Wednesday, April 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CDT.

April Query #2

"What would it be like to know that even in the midst of these uncertain times, that you are showing up fully for justice and life?" (Query provided by Radical Support Collective)

When: Wednesday, April 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CDT.

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)


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

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

FNVW Volunteer Position Opening! Join the Bridging the Divides Team

Are you passionate about organizing for social change through conversations with neighbors, advocacy, and education? Do you want to learn more about the re-imagining of public safety and policing happening around the Twin Cities? The Bridging the Divides: Policing that Works for Everyone Team has reconnected and is building momentum. Members of this group are showing up for BIPOC-led organizing efforts and have committed to a series of actions in the next month that we will then build off of as we continue to discern FNVW’s role in this movement. We welcome anyone interested in community safety to get involved!

Apply today through this link or email miranda@fnvw.org to express interest.


In Case You Missed it: 2020 Annual Report




Our Annual Report highlights the accomplishments of each program at FNVW over the past year, how we've adapted in our current virtual reality, and reflections from FNVW staff members and leadership. We hope you'll take the time to look through this report to learn about our ever-evolving work and get inspired to take action with us in 2021. You can read and download the report here.





COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 4.6.21, there are 195 active cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota state prison facilities, along with 12 Covid-19-related inmate deaths. The Department of Corrections posts daily on their website with updated numbers. Find other updates here.





Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 13: Bystander Intervention Training Debrief, 7-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 14: April Query #1, 10-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 17: Taste of People Camp Gathering, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 21: April Query #2, 10-11 a.m.

Friends for a NonViolent World
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(651) 917-0383 | info@fnvw.org

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