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


Note from Volunteer Engagement Specialist

It was such a joy to gather with many of you this past Saturday at The Great FNVW Get-Together! I was reminded that there is truly no replacement for the energy generated from in-person connection. FNVW community members had a wonderful time reconnecting or meeting one another for the first time, sharing who we are and what we bring to FNVW, and getting excited about future opportunities to carry FNVW’s work forward. A get-to-know-you FNVW-themed scavenger hunt leading to raffle prizes was also a major hit!

I especially loved the intergenerational presence at this event and realized just how deep the roots of the organization run and how much FNVW means to so many.

I hope you’ll join me in bringing this energy into the remainder of the summer and beyond as we continue bringing our unique selves and skills to the work of nonviolent social change.

We have lots happening at FNVW during the month of July - keep reading to learn how to stay engaged with us!

With gratitude,

A group of about 25 people standing together and smiling at The Great FNVW Get-Together.


 July AVP Basic Community Workshop - Register Now!

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


New Everyday Nonviolence Podcast Episode



Geetenjali Mittal: Promoting Family Wellness in South Asian Communities in Minnesota

Geetanjali Mittal is an educator, storyteller, and internationally-published researcher, who for the past two years has served as a Program Developer with SEWA-AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness). In a conversation with Podcast Team member, Diane Sandberg, Geetanjali shares personal and professional experiences and perspective related to domestic violence and heath promotion within the South Asian community. Recorded in May, which is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this episode identifies some of the unique challenges facing this population.


Additional information about Geetanjali and SEWA-AIFW is available at SEWA-AIFW.org. Additionally, you can locate background and resources related to Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month at https://asianpacificheritage.gov.

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.


AVP Inside Out - July 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.


Memorial Service for Ralph Hilgendorf

Ralph Hilgendorf, beloved longtime member of Twin Cities Friends Meeting and then Prospect Hill Friends Meeting, passed away on June 7th. Ralph provided tremendous support to FNVW over the years in various roles, including serving on the Board of Directors, the People Camp Planning Committee, and as the Director of People Camp for at least one year. He is probably the People Camp attendee with the most years in attendance. Please join us in holding his family in the Light during this grieving period.

Memorial Meeting for Worship in the manner of
Friends will be held at Friends School of Minnesota,
1365 Englewood Ave, St. Paul on Saturday, July 17th from 1:00-2:15 p.m., followed by fellowship until 4:00 p.m. Email dhaivyd@gmail.com to participate virtually. Donations in Ralph's name are appreciated to Scattergood School, Friends School of Minnesota, Friends for a NonViolent World, or Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Condolences may be sent to Kay Hilgendorf at 1701 Englewood Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Digital photos of Ralph are needed in order to put together a slideshow to be presented at the memorial service. If you have any digital photos of Ralph, or any photos that you can scan into a digital format, please email them to: betsyjhilgendorf@gmail.com by Friday, July 9th so that there will be time to include them in the slideshow.


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

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

Volunteer Shifts at Emergence Festival on July 24th

What: The Emergence Festival is meant to celebrate what we can become — what we’ve learned about ourselves, others, and our world during the pandemic — how we can come together as a community to support and promote behaviors that will advance racial justice, protect ecosystems, and reduce our carbon footprints. It’s also an opportunity to connect with other organizations as potential partners and motivate others to join in the work we do, however they are able. FNVW will be hosting a station and sharing information and ways to get involved with festival attendees. We are looking for people to help make this happen - sign up for a tabling shift below!

When: Saturday, July 24, 2:00-6:00 p.m. CDT, set-up begins at noon (tentative rain date: July 31)

Where: Lake Como Walking Path in St. Paul

Sign Up: Add your name and contact information to the sheet below so that we can coordinate plans. Reach out to Miranda at miranda@fnvw.org with questions.

Emergence Festival Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet



Take Action - Deadline for Democracy Event

The For The People Act (H.R. 1/S.1) is a bold, comprehensive package of democracy reforms including independent redistricting commissions, citizen-funded elections, closing the revolving door between government and corporate interests, and protecting voters against discrimination. Now is the time to lift up our voices and demand that the For the People Act passes. FNVW and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) are organizing a group to participate in the upcoming Indivisible MN event on Wednesday, July 7th. We hope you'll join us! 
Deadline for Democracy Rally and Multi-Bridge Brigade Event
Wednesday, July 7th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. CDT


4:00-4:30 p.m. - Rally

Meet in front of Senator Klobuchar's Minneapolis office to show our appreciation for her ongoing effort to pass S.1: The For the People Act and hear from voting rights leaders why this legislation is vital to our democracy.

 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Bridge Brigades

Next, we will make our support of The For the People Act visible around the Twin Cities by bringing our energy, banners, and signs to five different bridges.  After registering, you'll receive a sign up link to choose your preferred bridge location.

Get ready to take a stand for democracy and join us! Register Here

When you register, choose the Concordia Avenue and North Griggs Street over I-94 (pedestrian bridge) bridge location. This bridge is adjacent to the FNVW office building. Let us know you've signed up to participate by emailing leah@fnvw.org or by calling the FNVW office at 651-917-0383. We hope to see you there!



COVID-19 in Minnesota Prisons

As of 6.29.21, 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.




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. There is a lot FNVW can accomplish in 2021 with your financial support!


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, July 7: Party for Democracy & Bridge Brigade, 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, July 12: AVP MN Council Meeting, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 24: Emergence Festival, 2-6 p.m.
  • July 23, 24, 30, 31: AVP Basic Community Workshop (Virtual)

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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