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


Note from Executive Director

FNVW turns 40 this year! Forty years of working for a just and peaceful world, and paradoxically, our work is also just beginning. At the personal level, nonviolent change takes a lifetime. At the social level, it takes generations of lifetimes. The words of Oscar Romero are on my heart, and I offer them to you. 

Yours in revolutionary love,

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders;
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own.

-Monseñor Oscar Romero


New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode

Princess Haley - Building Health, Wealth and Social Change Through Food

After the death of her teenage son in 2010, Princess Haley discovered the healing power of growing, eating, and sharing good food. She joined two other women in applying these principles to the broader community. Their creation, Appetite For Change, focuses on food to build health, wealth, and social change. In this conversation with Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Team member, Diane Sandberg, Princess describes the evolution of the organization in Northeast Minneapolis and her personal journey. She also touches on how she and Appetite For Change have been impacted by and responded to recent traumas. Additional information about Appetite For Change can be found at: appetiteforchangemn.org.

After listening to this episode, please consider sharing with your networks on your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) with a few sentences about what you liked or learned and the link to the episode. You can also share this post from FNVW.


Bridging the Divides Team Updates

The Bridging the Divides Team met this past Tuesday to brainstorm and clarify our next steps. With the recent release of the policing policy papers, the group coalesced around the idea of amplifying these well-researched and relevant policy recommendations. Over the next month, members of the group will distribute the policy papers to individuals and organizations that are working on or connected to the issues of policing and community safety. Click on the links below to read the papers.

Militarization of Police - written by Mary Hinz
De-escalation Policy and Mental Health - written by Bridget Doak

The BTD Team has also clarified the broader vision of this small volunteer group. We will aim to serve as a catalyst and connector for other FNVW programs (AVP, Everyday Nonviolence Podcast, People Camp) to embed police reform and reimagining public safety efforts into their work.

If you're interested in the present and future of community safety, and this work excites you, join us at the next Bridging the Divides Meeting on Tuesday, June 8th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. CDT. Zoom meeting info below.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95785401714?pwd=QmZuR3V6eFdOOExzK2h0NERveElkZz09

Meeting ID: 957 8540 1714
Passcode: 642111

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


Register for People Camp 2021!



Don't forget to claim your spot at People Camp 2021: Seeking Justice in a Changing World. Register by June 5th to receive the early bird discount.

People Camp 2021 Registration Form

We are planning for an in-person People Camp experience at Northern Pines Retreat Center, August 8-14, with flexible expectations. Payments will be refunded in the event that an in-person People Camp does not take place.

Check out the People Camp Guide to learn more about what People Camp is all about! 

We are now also accepting applications for People Camp Coordinators: People Camp 2021 Coordinator Application Form. Please pass on to anyone who may be interested. 


Connect & Reflect: Honoring the Legacy of George Floyd's Death

Tuesday, May 25th marks the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd. We are called to honor the grief, anger, and racial trauma that arose in the wake of a murder of a Black man by a white police officer in our community and the many organizers and healers who have led us through the past year. We at FNVW acknowledge that the work is far from over, and we must commit and recommit ourselves to believing in and building a future with real accountability for police and real safety for our communities. 

Join others in the FNVW community this upcoming Tuesday as we hold space for the significance of this day in the Twin Cities and beyond. We will open with a poem and hold a reflective space for connection and discussion. If you feel led, we invite you to bring and share healing words, music, or art.

When: Tuesday, May 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m. CDT. Facilitated by Miranda Dils & 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)

We will continue to offer frequent "Connect & Reflect" opportunities for the FNVW community. We will keep you updated in the e-letters and weekly emails about these events.




The Great FNVW Get-Together

Celebrating FNVW's 40th Anniversary!

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: In person at Midway Peace Park in St. Paul (right outside FNVW's office)

Stay tuned for more details!


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

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

FNVW Volunteer Position Opening! Event Planning Volunteer

The Event Planning Volunteer will help us plan and implement a variety of educational events focused on bringing people together to learn more about a social justice issue. In this role, you will assist with creating agendas, identifying needed resources, and advertising. We are especially looking for a volunteer to help with planning an organization-wide gathering coming up in late June. You will receive an orientation to the organization, programs, and to our event planning strategy. You will receive direct support from the Executive Director and collaborate with our staff and volunteers. This position will require 2-6 hours per month with a 1-year commitment. This role has a flexible work location and can either work remotely or from the FNVW office (as in-person work resumes). 

Apply today through this link or email volunteer@fnvw.org for more information.


Monthly Virtual Singalong

Join us for an FNVW Singalong 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, May 28, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT

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

Meeting ID: 995 6883 3010
Password: 067324

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


Take Action - Participate in George Floyd Memorial Event

George Floyd Global Memorial and the community at George Floyd Square will present a day of community events at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, MN on May 25th, 2021 to commemorate the first Anniversary of the death of George Floyd. Rise & Remember George Floyd Global Memorial Celebration is a free event that centers the family and friends of George Perry Floyd Jr., Minnesota families impacted by injustice, and the people who’ve preserved the memorial for 12 months.

Schedule of Events

1:00 p.m.: Art, Community, Food, Open-Mic, Children's Area
6:00 p.m.: Concert Honoring Families of Injustice or Loss
8:00 p.m.: Candlelight vigil at George Floyd Square





COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 5.18.21, there are 22 active cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota state prison facilities, along with 12 Covid-19-related deaths. The Department of Corrections posts daily on their website with updated numbers. Find other updates here.





Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, May 25: Connect & Reflect, 10-11 a.m.
  • Friday, May 28: Virtual Singalong, 7-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 8: Bridging the Divides Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26: The Great FNVW Get-Together, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

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