Pioneering War Tax Resister Juanita Nelson Dies

Juanita Nelson, who began refusing to pay war taxes in and, she liked to say, “haven’t bought a bomb since,” died . She was 91.

She was one of the last living members of the post-World War Ⅱ activists who founded the modern American war tax resistance movement, as a co-founder of the pioneering war tax resistance group Peacemakers. She was also an organizer and activist from the early years of the Civil Rights movement, and helped plan the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation that preceded and provided the template for the direct action of the Freedom Riders.

You can find an obituary notice for Juanita Nelson at the NWTRCC web site. Here’s another, from the Greenfield, Massachusetts Gazette.