An in-depth report on the grassroots opposition to basing F-35 fighter jets in Madison.
Available as an audio documentary and a four-part written series, Flight Path is a partnership project of Tone Madison, Communication, and Northside News. The Air Force officially chose Madison as a site for the jets in April. But the fight continues in areas that stand to bear the brunt of the F-35s’ noise, environmental, and economic impacts. These efforts have already brought neighbors together to organize and advocate for their communities in a changing Madison.
Reporter Oona Mackesey-Green focuses on the people and the work behind the opposition, and the very real human impact the presence of fighter jets has on some of Madison’s most diverse and affordable neighborhoods.
Flight Path is available as an hour-long audio documentary. Listen here or subscribe to the Tone Madison Podcast on the podcasting platform of your choice.
Flight Path will also be published serially as a four-part written report.
- May 6: How F-35s galvanized neighbors in Eken Park
- May 7: Rights signed away and forgotten
- May 11: “Loud but affordable”
- May 12: The fight continues
An audio documentary kicks off our in-depth series on the neighborhood activism against the basing of fighter jets in Madison.
The proposal to base new fighter jets in Madison inspired an extraordinary and fast organizing effort.
How activists dug up obscure documents that will make it harder for people dealing with the F-35s’ noise to soundproof their homes.
Callous commentary and weak leadership from elected officials have marred the debate over basing F-35s in Madison.
Madisonians who’ve organized against the F-35s have learned a great deal, and can still hold local leaders accountable.
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Credits and acknowledgements
Reported, produced, and written by Oona Mackesey-Green
Facilitation and additional production by Tessa Echeverria Perez
Audio edited by Sarah Jennings Evans
Theme music by Auscultation
Graphics by Scott Gordon, Oona Mackesey-Green, and Mark Riechers
Text edited by Scott Gordon
Flight Path is supported in part by a grant from the SASY Neighborhood Association.