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


Note from Executive Director

I don't know about you, but I am feeling depleted right now. When I feel weary and overwhelmed by the enormity of what it takes to bring about systemic transformation, I reach for the joy and community that exists within the struggle for justice. 

FNVW's annual People Camp is an opportunity to pause for a moment to connect, reflect, and renew our spirits. If, like me, you're hungry for the nourishment that comes from intentional community and/or immersion in nature, People Camp might be exactly what you need this summer. I invite you to join us!

With revolutionary love,  


Register for People Camp 2021!

We are so excited to return to an in-person camp this summer! Registrations are limited to 75 people this year. Don't wait to claim your spot at People Camp 2021: Seeking Justice in a Changing World. Register by this Saturday, June 5th to receive the early bird discount. Contact Brenda Grove with registration questions at: 612-724-3429.

People Camp 2021 Registration Form

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 will be updating this document with additional info regularly - you can find the most updated version on our website.

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

We are still looking for a few coordinators! As a thank you for making camp a success, coordinators receive a discounted registration fee. Coordinator positions are only open to people who've been to camp at least one year. We are accepting applications for the following roles*:

  • Jobs Coordinator - 50% fee reduction
  • Kitchen Coordinator/Town Crier - 50% fee reduction
  • Child Care 1-5 year olds - 50% fee reduction
  • Post Camp Clean Up - 25% fee reduction

*coordinator descriptions can be found on the FNVW website



We hope you'll join us as we kick off FNVW anniversary celebrations at our annual summer social event.

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 in the "Take Action" section below.
  • 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.*


AVP Inside Out - June 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. 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.


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.


Take Action - One-Time Volunteering Opportunities

An effective and sustainable social change model requires all of us to play different roles. Though not always the most glamorous, coordinating behind-the-scenes logistics is a large and necessary part of working to enact social change! Miranda Dils, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at FNVW, invites you to participate in one of these one-time volunteering opportunities. Reach out to Miranda at miranda@fnvw.org or 651-917-0383 to chat about these and other volunteer roles at FNVW.

Postcard Mailing Assembly

We'd love your help with putting together a postcard mailing for the Great FNVW Get-Together coming up on June 26th.

When: This Friday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. CDT

Where: Meet Miranda and Leah at the FNVW office - Central Midway Building, 393 Dunlap St N, Suite #450E, St. Paul. To ensure everyone's safety, we ask that you wear a mask while inside the office building.

Volunteer Shifts at Great FNVW Get-Together

Sign up to help make the Great FNVW Get-Together happen! Opportunities leading up to the event and on the day of are available, so you can pick a time slot that works with your schedule. Open volunteer roles are highlighted in yellow. Add your name and contact information to the sheet below so that we can coordinate plans.

Sign up here: Great FNVW Get-Together 40th Anniversary Sign-Up Sheet






COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 6.1.21, there are 0 active cases of Covid-19 in Minnesota state prison facilities! The Department of Corrections posts daily on their website with updated numbers. Find other updates here.





Upcoming Events

  • Monday, June 7: AVP MN Council Meeting, 3-4:30 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
393 N Dunlap Street Suite #450E | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
(651) 917-0383 | info@fnvw.org

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