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


Note from Executive Director

Cultivating a culture of nonviolence in our community is absolutely critical right now, as we mark the 20 year anniversary of September 11th. We must learn to grieve together and fight together for a just and sustainable world. That is the work FNVW is about. Your support of FNVW expands access to our conflict transformation workshops, increases the reach of our Everyday Nonviolence podcast and helps us organize for a re-imagined police and public safety system. Now is a great time to participate in one of our programs. Or to become a volunteer or donor. Read on to learn more. I hope to see you soon!

With revolutionary love, Leah

9/11 Learning Hub
The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is a moment to reckon with our past and reimagine our future. We mourn the thousands of lives lost that day. We also grieve the hate violence and state violence on people of color in the twenty years since 9/11. 911hub.org is a place to learn about the decades-long impact of 9/11 on people of color through the work of Sikh activist Valarie Kaur. Watch the film. Read the book. Download the guides. Stand in solidarity.


Introducing FNVW's 2021-22 Social Work Interns

Each year, FNVW's internship program provides hands on learning for students in the Twin Cities. Our interns contribute tremendous passion, energy and insights that move FNVW's mission forward. In turn, they develop skills in community engagement, organizing and nonviolent social change. 

Gina Garcia Aguilar

Gina is a senior in the social work program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, and previously received a BA in Spanish from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.  She is happy to be a part of the FNVW team as she works toward becoming a social worker, and sees it as an opportunity for holistic learning and experience.  In her free time, Gina enjoys spending time with her husband and family, and preparing for her new baby due in January 2022.

Jack Stadler

Jack was born in Texas though grew up in Coon Rapids, MN. He is a senior at the University of St. Thomas’ School of Social Work who is a part of the Social Work and Psychology dual major program. He has previously interned with St. Thomas’ food shelf “Tommie Shelf” and is aspiring to be a private practice therapist.  


AVP Inside Out Newsletter - September 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@fnvw.org.


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.

In addition, ISAIAH is hosting a virtual Charter Amendment launch event on Thursday, September 9th from 7:00-8:30pm on zoom. It will cover updates on the amendment, plans to connect with voters this fall and messaging training. You can sign up here: https://secure.everyaction.com/r1a1zkenr02dREssMdhpow2


Fall Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Virtual Community Workshop - Last Chance to Register!
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


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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.

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).


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. Our next meeting is Saturday, September 18th from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Contact Mike Texler for more information: mrtexler@gmail.com. 



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

  • Thursday, September 9: Charter Amendment - ISAIAH launch 7-8:30 pm
  • Monday, September 13: AVP MN Council Meeting 3-4:30 pm 
  • September 10-11, 17-18:  AVP Basic Community Workshop
  • Saturday, September 18: Holiday Fair Planning Committee 9:30 - 11:00 am

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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