More than 45 demonstrators lined Logansport's Broadway and Third Street near the Cass County Government Building Friday morning, during the Cass County Council meeting.
"Honk if you don't want to be poisoned," chanted 11 year old Ashira Guiterrez. Between holding signs and chanting her objections among the rest of the protestors, Guiterrez was also strapped with a ukulele, singing and playing a song she wrote with her cousin about her views on WSP. Her family home is located just 20 feet from the proposed plant causing privacy concerns.
Patricia Rozzi, an organizer who made the 'No to WSP' signs, petitions and website dontpoisenus.com, was also among the demonstrators Friday. Rozzi says the next step will be Monday, when she'll be unrolling new ideas and recruiting people for a door-to-door grass-root movement, in both Spanish and English.
She hopes the grass-root movement will last long after the proposed Waelz Sustainable Products concerns are over and will help bring together the community, despite any language barriers or differences.
Ongoing honks were heard for the entire County Council meeting, which lasted two hours and met its maximum capacity for public attendance.
Those attending inside the meeting say they felt satisfied that their voices were being heard and respected by council members, who took notes and shook their heads in acknowledgement with speakers during the public comments at the end of the meeting.
Among those attending the meeting was Cindy White, a Logansport resident who's lived in the area for the past 15 years. "Emotions are running high right now because we are worried about our families," said White.
Construction at the proposed plant still remains ongoing.