Activists take part in 'Build bridges not walls' protest of shutdown

Activists gathered in southwest Detroit near the U.S.-Canadian border to protest the longest federal government partial shutdown in history and the president's demands to build a border wall.

"I'm angry about the boundaries that have created this county of hate," said Natalie Gallagher, activist. "Anger and suffering not enough to fuel a movement."

"We're here to say yes to families, no to fear, no to the wall and yes to courage," said Rev. Jack Eggleston, Southeast Michigan Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The "Build Bridges Not Walls" rally was organized by Michigan United.

"This is a declaration for geography of hate, that continues the historical oppression of minorities and communities in order to uphold supremacy," Gallagher said.

Meanwhile 800,000 federal workers across the country are affected by the partial shutdown now in its 25th day.

Protestors say this all comes down to Donald trump and the us government making the decision to do the right thing.

"There should be no wall in this 21st century," said M.D. Alam, activist. "We should build the bridges; we should invest in the process where we uplift our values."

"We should allow our immigrants to seek asylum legally, safely and humanely," said Migladys Bermudez of the group Justice for Our Neighbors.