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


Note from Volunteer Engagement Specialist

As we approach the summer solstice, I'm feeling energized by longer days and the increased opportunities to safely gather with fellow humans. The pull to be in community is strong right now, and that's why I'm so excited to invite you all to Friends for a NonViolent World's annual summer social event coming up next Saturday!

I can't imagine a better way to celebrate FNVW's 40th anniversary than spending it with all of you. We'll connect with one another, reflect on our history, and uplift our collective work over the past year. I hope you'll join us! Keep reading to learn about all of the other ways to stay engaged with FNVW in the coming weeks.

With gratitude,


Save the Date - July AVP Basic Community Workshop

We're pleased to announce that we have set a date for Alternatives to Violence Project-Minnesota's next Basic Community Workshop!

What: In the context of a supportive community, participants discover new skills and attitudes to address, prevent, and transform violence. This workshop will offer a holistic, experiential, safe, and lively approach to learning the tools to discover your own power to transform conflict and frustration in your life. 


  • Friday, July 23, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
  • Saturday, July 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT
  • Friday, July 30, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
  • Saturday, July 31, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

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. This is the first of three levels of AVP workshops. There will be opportunities to take the next levels (Advanced & Training for Facilitators) in the coming months if you are interested.

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. If you are able, please make your payment online at: https://bit.ly/2BcG1dH or by sending a check payable to Friends for a NonViolent World to: FNVW, P.O. Box 4564, St. Paul, MN 55104. 

To register, please fill out this Google Form: AVP-MN Basic Community Workshop - Summer 2021






We hope you'll join us as we kick off FNVW anniversary celebrations at our annual summer social event on Saturday, June 26th.

Where: The Midway Peace Park, located outside the FNVW office building at 393 Dunlap St N, St. Paul, MN 55104


  • 10:30am-11:30am: All Ages
  • 11:30am-12:30pm: Adults 18+ Only



We invite you to:

  • Bring a picnic to enjoy with your party. FNVW will provide drinks and dessert.
  • Bring FNVW stories, photos and mementos to add to our 40th Anniversary Memory Book.
  • Sign up for a volunteer shift here: Great FNVW Get-Together 40th Anniversary Sign-Up Sheet
  • Make a 40th Anniversary gift to FNVW by check or by clicking the button below. Thanks for your support!

*All CDC and state health and safety guidelines will be carefully followed for a safe experience.*


Celebrating FNVW's Spring 2021 Community-Engaged Learning Student

We'd like to express our appreciation to Jess Dvorak, a rising senior from the University of Minnesota who worked with FNVW during the spring semester as part of a community-engaged learning course. We are grateful to Jess for sharing her time, talents, and passion for FNVW's work with us and are thrilled she'll be continuing to volunteer in the fall!

Click on the image below to hear a message from Jess reflecting on her experience. Thank you to volunteer Tom Lesney for compiling and editing this video.

Click above to watch the video.


People Camp Preview: Book Club Selection

Call Me American: A Memoir (2018) by Abdi Nor Iftin is a People Camp 2021 Book Club selection, recommended by PC Planning Committee member Maria Musachio.

Abdi Nor Iftin was six years old when civil war broke out in Somalia. The story of his harrowing experiences are interwoven with beautifully detailed accounts of his heritage, moments of good fortune, and personal ingenuity that brought him through the next twenty years of constant military conflict and into the welcoming arms of his sponsoring family in Maine. This deeply relevant memoir is a vivid account of one young man’s journey to make a better life.

There is also a young adult reader’s adapted version of this book, appropriate for younger readers.

And...don't forget to claim your spot at People Camp 2021: Seeking Justice in a Changing World. Registrations are limited to 75 people this year. Contact Brenda Grove with registration questions at: 612-724-3429. Sign up here: People Camp 2021 Registration Form

Check out the People Camp Guide and Ways to Participate at People Camp resources to see what's in store for this year!

Because of the unique multi-generation experience at People Camp, we are working especially hard to make the environment safe for everyone. Learn more here: People Camp Covid Update.

We are also accepting applications for People Camp Coordinators*: People Camp 2021 Coordinator Application.

*coordinator descriptions can be found on the FNVW website


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

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

Volunteer Shifts at Great FNVW Get-Together

We're calling on our community to help make the Great FNVW Get-Together happen! We are looking for people to fill the following roles on Saturday, June 26th:

  • Welcomer (x1)
  • Swag/Button Maker/Raffle Card Turn-In Station (x2)
  • Memory Book Station (x2)
  • Ways to Get Involved/Make a Donation Station (x2)
  • Video Recording of Memories Station (x2)
  • Clean Up (x1)

Add your name and contact information to the sheet below so that we can coordinate plans.

Great FNVW Get-Together 40th Anniversary Sign-Up Sheet



Take Action - Celebrating Juneteenth

Tomorrow, June 19th, 2021, we celebrate and acknowledge the holiday that commemorates the official end of slavery in the United States. On Thursday, President Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday. This is a day to celebrate African American freedom, and we know that the work to end racism in all of its forms is far from over. We encourage you to take some time this weekend to learn more about the history and significance of Juneteenth and recommit to the fight for freedom for all. This article from the Zinn Education Project is a good place to start.


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, June 25, 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)




COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 6.16.21, there are 0 active cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota state prison facilities. This is a massive accomplishment and a testament to the effective steps taken to get the pandemic under control in our state and country. Vaccinations are also well under way for the individuals housed in facilities as well as staff members. Vaccination reporting by facility is included below.

 The Department of Corrections posts daily on their website with updated numbers. Find other updates here.




Upcoming Events

  • Friday, June 25: Virtual Singalong, 7-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 26: The Great FNVW Get-Together, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 29: Bridging the Divides Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.

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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