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


Note from Executive Director

With the easing of Covid restrictions, FNVW is getting out in the community again. It feels good to connect with people in person. In my experience, there's more opportunity for serendipitous exchanges and spontaneous collaborations during face-to-face interactions.

As you are out and about this summer, I invite you to share information about FNVW's work with your friends and neighbors. Sign up below to receive materials about FNVW's programs for your block's National Night Out event on August 3rd. Let people know about the upcoming Alternatives to Violence Project Basic Community Workshop. Keep spreading the word about FNVW's Volunteer Engagement Specialist job opening. You never know how a simple conversation could make all the difference in the future of another person's life.  

With revolutionary love, 

FNVW Board Members John Ewu and Mark Martinez at the Emergence Festival on July 24th. Photo credit Transition Town - ASAP.


Job Opening! Volunteer Engagement Specialist

FNVW is hiring a new part-time Volunteer Engagement Specialist! This dynamic role develops opportunities for volunteers to be deeply engaged in every facet of FNVW's work. The Volunteer Engagement Specialist is responsible for recruiting, training and supporting new FNVW volunteers and student interns. They also play a key role in planning, implementing, organizing and coordinating the volunteer and community engagement opportunities that drive FNVW's mission forward. FNVW is eager to hire that special person who can build on the organization’s strong volunteer program and help realize its potential for growth. Please spread the word about this exciting job opportunity!

Find application information and a complete job description here: FNVW Volunteer Engagement Specialist Job Opening


Take Action: Bring FNVW to National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO) takes place every year on the first Tuesday in August. NNO events are social, neighborhood gatherings with a special focus on building relationships that keep your neighborhood safe. FNVW's programs are a great resource for neighbors wanting to reimagine community safety on their street! Please sign up here or email leah@fnvw.org to request an FNVW resource packet filled with information you can share at your neighborhood's NNO event. Thanks for helping FNVW champion nonviolence in our community.

If you live in Minneapolis, the “Yes 4 Minneapolis” Coalition, is gathering Tuesday 8/3 from 3:00-4:00 pm at Boom Island Park to rally together for a new Department of Public Safety and equip people with resources to talk with neighbors about the Charter Amendment that evening at National Night Out events. Join us and build support for a new Department of Public Safety. Sign up here. https://bit.ly/3BLMwiF


Fall Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Virtual Community Workshop - Registration is Open
Develop Your Skills for Reimaging Safety and Transforming Conflict 

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


  • Friday, September 10, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
  • Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT
  • Friday, September 17, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
  • Saturday, September 18, 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 - Fall 2021


AVP International : 2021 Online World Gathering  

August 26-29

This is the first time a full AVP World Gathering will be held online. Be part of this historic event!

AVP International is all about bringing the AVP community together to share experiences and wisdom, to build and renew friendships, and to have some fun along the way.

The gathering has been designed to encourage participation by AVP facilitators in 20 time zones. View the full program here: https://avp.international/wg2021/program/

Advance registration is required to attend the gathering. Registration closes August 20. Register here: https://avp.international/wg2021/form-1507/


Monthly Virtual Sing Along

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, July 29, 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)


Volunteer Opportunity Corner

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

Join the FNVW Holiday Fair Planning Committee 

The Holiday Fair is FNVW's biggest fundraising event of the year. It takes place the first weekend of December at the Minneapolis Friends Meeting. The FNVW Holiday Fair includes a craft sale, café, used book sale, values board, photo booth, live music and more. We'll be honoring FNVW's 40th Anniversary this year too!

The force behind the FNVW Holiday Fair is the Holiday Fair Planning Committee. Join this team to help FNVW raise the funds we need to move our mission forward in 2022!  A variety of different roles are available. Your skills are needed. Contact Leah at leah@fnvw.org for more information. 



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

  • Friday, July 30: FNVW Virtual Sing Along 7-8 pm
  • Monday, August 2: AVP MN Council Meeting 3-4:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, August 3: National Night Out 
  • August 8-14: People Camp
  • September 10-11, 17-18:  AVP Basic Community Workshop

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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