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


Note from Executive Director

We are sending out a Special E-Letter this week to share exciting FNVW updates and to keep you informed about important opportunities and actions happening in the next few days. With Revolutionary Love,  Leah


Welcome Paulie Salazar
FNVW's New Volunteer Engagement Specialist

FNVW is thrilled to introduce our new Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Paulie Salazar. Paulie brings a wealth of community building experience as well as a passion for violence prevention and transformation. She can be reached at paulie@fnvw.org.

FNVW Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Paulie Salazar

My name is Pauletta H. Salazar, however I prefer Paulie. I was born in a small town, Mexia, Texas, which is also the home of the infamous Anna Nicole . I wear many hats but my favorite is Nana, which everybody calls me. I have a blended family which includes my own international population, filled with a variety of ethnicity, culture, and a lot of excitement.
I have a wide range of skills and experiences in community development, organizing in housing, advocacy, and women and children’s issues. I specifically like working to help individuals in underrepresented cultures to further their education in co-existing in a society which sometimes uses systems that don’t include their cultural beliefs and religions. Helping individuals to work within their communities to advocate for changes that will allow more representation in laws and actions which will give these communities opportunities for additional inclusion within the larger systems in our county’s, states, and country.
Many of the hats I’ve worn include working with some form of nonprofit organizations and institutions because working with people is one of my passions. I was a Director of a program called "Taking the Lead” which allowed me my greatest opportunity for working with people from diverse communities. I have been a community and women’s advocate while sitting on at least five Boards.  Most of my positions have allowed me a feeling of satisfaction, travel, and knowledge you can’t always get from books.
I worked as the Station Manager at KMOJ, sat on the CWCAC and PDCAC Boards, Headwaters Board, NRRC Board and others. Graduate of North High School; Coursework in Oral Communication, Psychology and Public Relation at the U of M and Metro State, also course work in Criminal Justice at North Hennepin Community College.

Take Action: Organize with FNVW to Change the Charter

FNVW is working with BIPOC led organizations and members of Minneapolis Friends Meeting to pass the Charter Amendment that would allow us to create a Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis instead of the current police-only approach. Join us in mobilizing people to vote yes though door knocking, phone banking and hosting community conversations. Sign up here if you are interested. Or email leah@fnvw.org for more information.

On Tuesday, Judge Jamie Anderson ruled to block Question 2 (the charter amendment to expand public safety) on the Minneapolis ballot and to throw out any votes that are cast on the measure. A petition has been filed with the MN Supreme Court.

Depending on the MN Supreme Court's interpretation, the opportunity to vote yes or no on expanding public safety in Minneapolis this fall may be taken away from all voters. 

It’s time to hit the streets and let our voices be heard!

FNVW Is calling on our community to join Yes 4 Minneapolis for a LET THE PEOPLE VOTE RALLY FOR DEMOCRACY this Friday at 3 PM at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza.

Sign up for the Fri 9/17 Rally for Democracy


Virtual 10 Days Free From Violence 2021

September 17-26

Join our partners at Twin Cities Nonviolent in imagining a Twin Cities that is free from violence for 10 days and beyond.  A full schedule of virtual events is available online: 10 DAYS CALENDAR & EVENTS

FNVW's Executive Director Leah Robshaw Robinson will lead a workshop on Revolutionary Love on Wednesday, September 22 at 11 am!


Check Out FNVW's Mpls Community Education Classes

FNVW is partnering with Minneapolis Community Education this fall!

Executive Director Leah Robshaw Robinson is leading a wellness talk entitled "Good Trouble: Nonviolent Action Then and Now" on International Peace Day, September 21 from 10:30 - 11:30 am. 

FNVW is participating in the "In Search of Peace through Minneapolis Public Art: Nicollet Mall Art Crawl" event on Saturday, September 25th from10:30 am - 12 pm.

And our AVP facilitators are leading a two week class on "Reimagining Community Safety"  on Tuesday Oct 5 and 12 from 6:15 - 8:15 pm.

Register online at: https://mplscommunityed.com

Visit https://commed.mpls.k12.mn.us/home to view the full digital brochure (Find FNVW on pages 6, 7 and 19).


Fall Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Virtual Community Workshop - New Dates!
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, October 1, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
  • Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. CDT
  • Sunday, October 3, 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


Volunteer Opportunity Corner:

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FNVW is working hard to expand the reach and impact of our programs. Social media is a powerful way to engage more people in our work. 

We need your help to increase FNVW's visibility on social media.

Here's what you can do: 

  • Take a moment right now to follow our pages
  • Like and share our social media posts
  • Volunteer to create social media content to help tell FNVW's story and promote events.



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, September 17: Let the People Vote Rally For Democracy 3-4 pm
  • Saturday, September 18: Holiday Fair Planning Committee 9:30 - 11:00 am
  • September 18-26: 10 Days Free From Violence Events (Check out Leah Robshaw Robinson's workshop at 11 am on Wednesday, September 22)
  • Tuesday, September 21: Celebrate International Peace Day!
  • Tuesday, September 21: Good Trouble: Nonviolent Action Then and Now 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturday, September 25: In Search of Peace Through Minneapolis Public Art 10:30 am - 12 pm
  • October 1-3:  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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