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Everyday Chores, Independent Media Among "Occupy Wall Street" Concerns

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The Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators set up camp in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park and seemed on Sunday to be digging in for the long haul, making a makeshift camp with its own media. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

For some "Occupy Wall Street" protesters, the encampment at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan is like a second home. They sleep there, eat there and come up with ways to get their message out, such as making buttons or distributing their own independent newspaper, "The Occupied Wall Street Journal."

"We have not been able to keep enough copies here. People come here and demand them every day, and yesterday we distributed the first batch of our second edition and we had more than 17,000 copies," said one protester. "And today, people are scrounging around, trying to find one edition."

The newspaper is available in English and Spanish, funded through donations and printed at an offsite press.

But print is not the only medium being used, as the protesters are also streaming live on the Internet.

"Just to let people see what's going on, and we bring speakers and whatnot," said a protester involved in the Internet streaming. "We also have real direct contact happening, same as any media channel."

The protesters in the privately-owned Zuccotti Park also had to deal with more mundane concerns, like sanitation.

"Well, the bathroom issue has become more of a challenge, now that we have a flush of people. We're not able to have bathrooms at this site," said a demonstrator.

There was a station dedicated to cleaning dishes, where water was recycled through a gray water filtration system.

"I'm sure with all these people in this small amount of space, it is a challenge, but I'm personally pretty amazed at how well-organized the food and sanitation systems are," said one of the protesters washing dishes.

The protesters showed no sign of slowing down Sunday, and some people told NY1 that they had enough provisions to remain for some time. As long as they were permitted to be in Zuccotti Park, they intended to do so.

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