My name is Christopher Swain.
I am a human rights advocate and a father.
When I heard that my government was separating children from their families at the U.S. Mexico border, and that children had been imprisoned and lost and allowed to die in federal custody, I felt heartbroken.
I promised myself I would do something.
I am leading the March for the Kids, a 5,000 mile torch walk from New England to the Southeast and then across the country, through the border states, and all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
I am carrying a torch to honor the children who have died, and to keep the flames of hope alive for the children who have been separated, imprisoned, and lost.
The March for the Kids has four goals:
1) To honor the memory of the children who have died in federal custody;
2) To shine a light on the plight of the children who have been separated from their families, imprisoned, and lost while in federal custody;
3) To advocate for the children until every single child is found, freed, and reunited with family, and,
4) To listen to the voices and hopes of others who are concerned about this situation, and to share those voices and hopes with the world— on social media, at speaking engagements, at events, and in a documentary film.
The plan calls for a three-year project:
First, a march across the country and along the border, honoring the memory of the children who have died, advocating publicly for the lost and imprisoned kids, visiting detention facilities, staging events in different cities, and filming interviews with affected families and fellow citizens.
In year two, a speaking/advocacy tour where I share the voices I have heard and the knowledge I have gained on my journey, while completing work on the documentary film.
In year three, I will be campaigning the documentary film on the film festival circuit and on a nationwide tour as a way of continuing to shine a light on the plight of these children.
My financial goal is an ambitious one, but I am planning to do this entire three year campaign—including salaries, equipment, transportation, lodging, food, public relations support, legal support, permits, event expenses, and all costs associated with shooting the documentary—for LESS than the production cost of a typical PBS documentary film (~300K). It will mean working on a very tight budget for a few years, but I embrace the challenge.
I invite you to walk with me, share your hopes with me, or make a contribution in support of the March.
With your help, we can shine a light on this situation until every last child is found, freed, and reunited with family.
Thank you for reading : )