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Petitioning Apple, Inc.

Apple: Protect Workers Making iPhones in Chinese Factories

Update: Major media outlets from around the world have reported on the terrible quality of life for the workers in these factories.  Apple has clearly taken the reports seriously - because they're taking action on them.  So, while This American Life may be retracting 'Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,' it seems like the issues and facts at the core of this story are still the same. As an Apple customer, I'm glad to have had my eyes opened to these issues, and to have had a chance to do something about them.  My sincere hope is that everyone stays focused on what's important here - which is protecting the well-being of these factory workers. Dear Apple, You know what’s awesome? Listening to NPR podcasts through an Apple Airport, playing through a Mac laptop, while puttering about the kitchen. Do you know the fastest way to replace awesome with a terrible knot in your stomach? Learning that your beloved Apple products are made in factories where conditions are so bad, it’s not uncommon for workers to permanently lose the use of their hands. Last week’s This American Life shined a spotlight on the working conditions in the Chinese factories where iPhones are made. Just one example of the hardships there: the men and women in these factories work very long days spent repeating the same motions over and over, which creates amped-up carpal tunnel syndrome in their wrists and hands. This often results in them losing the use of their hands for the rest of their lives. This condition could be easily prevented if the workers were rotated through different positions in the factory, but they are not. Why? Because there are no labor laws in China to protect these people. Here’s the thing: you’re Apple. You’re supposed to think different. I want to continue to use and love the products you make, because they’re changing the world, and have already changed my life. But I also want to know that when I buy products from you, it’s not at the cost of horrible human suffering. Here are two simple asks (basically taken from the end of the TAL report) that could make a profound difference in the lives of the men and women in your factories and others like them: First, in regards to the worker traumas described in the story, ranging from suicide attempts to the people losing the use of their hands from repetitive motion injuries, we ask that Apple release a worker protection strategy for new product releases, which are the instances when injuries and suicides typically spike because of the incredible pressure to meet quotas timed to releases. Second, since the TAL story aired, Apple has announced that the Fair Labor Association will be monitoring its suppliers. Awesome step. Please publish the results of FLA's monitoring, including the NAMES of the suppliers found to have violations and WHAT those violations are, so that there is transparency around the monitoring effort. Please make these changes immediately, so that each of us can once again hold our heads high and say, “I’m a Mac person.” Your own ads say that “the people who think they are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Please get to it.

Mark Shields
255,326 supporters
Petitioning AT&T


Before your mobile phone arrived in your neighborhood store, it was possibly in dozens of other countries. Its parts came from every corner of the globe, different suppliers and scores of workers. Nearly everything we own follows a similar, complex path known as globalisation. When closely monitored, globalisation has the potential to bring millions out of poverty. But when left unchecked, it can fuel the ugliest trade known to man – modern slavery. Modern slavery is the human crisis of our time; 20.9 million people are currently living in conditions of slavery. The majority are in a forced labour situation, working under threat of violence, abuse and harsh penalties. Without consistent supply chain monitoring by companies, many suppliers are exploiting the system - and people - to turn a profit. Corporate Giants drive globalisation and have the power to stop forced labour in supply chains, dealing a swift blow to the slavery industry. Worth a combined $5 trillion USD, these companies have always been at the forefront of innovation, shaping our lives with new technologies and medical breakthroughs. Ask Corporate Giants to make ending modern slavery their next major innovation and urge them to sign the Zero Tolerance for Slavery Pledge.

Freedom United
59,911 supporters
Petitioning Apple, Tim Cook

Apple - Add Your Voice- Justice for the Voiceless Dogs and Cats in China

Mr Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, There are many petitions out there asking the government of China to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival or to stop the practice of using dogs, cats and other animals for their fur. While it would be great to see all of these practices halted, our goal is a bit more modest than that. We the undersigned are, instead,  asking Apple, as a business with both a progressive social justice agenda and a large presence in China to step in to seek immediate redress in the form of government intervention to IMMEDIATELY at the very least stop the (almost) unbelievably cruel methods used in both in the preparing of dog meat and the skinning of animals to use their fur. We are also asking  Apple to specifically publicly condemn the MANNER in which these activities are currently practiced. In the case of the Yulin Festival, dogs ( and cats)  are burned or boiled alive, or otherwise tortured just prior to being killed because the meat will then be more "tender and taste better.In the case of the fur trade, the animals are  SKINNED ALIVE and then tossed into a pit to die writhing in pain  to die a slow agonizing death alongside other similarly treated animals. This  cruelty is almost incomprehensible and is so patently abhorrent in the civilized world that anyone  found acting in this manner even in an isolated case would be incarcerated for a long time ( or committed to a mental health facility). Obviously thats not the case in China. While we recognize that Apple cannot dictate policy to the Government of China, we also recognize that as a large, profitable and socially conscious company doing business there,  you have an obligation to have your voice counted when the subject of injustice arises. In this case we are asking you to include injustices against these voiceless creatures as well. Again, we  are asking that Apple lodge a formal protest with the Chinese Government and request their intervention to at the very least  stop the manner in which these 2 hellishly cruel practices are occurring for the sake of common decency , and in an effort to establish further dialogue on stopping these practices altogether. We are also asking for Apple to Publicly CONDEMN these practices.

Tim Mahoney
27,920 supporters
Petitioning Steve Jobs

Stop raising money for anti-gay hate groups

Did you know that dozens of major brands, including Target, Macy’s, USA Today, Netflix, Apple, Dell, and even Sesame Street are supporting known hate groups through the link referral service know as the Christian Values Network (CVN)? According to CVN, there are more than 170,000 charities that benefit from the CVN’s service by receiving donations through purchases made through the site. For example, someone could buy airline tickets from Delta, and the airline would make a donation to the charity of the customer’s choice through CVN. Unfortunately, there are several organizations included on CVN’s service that support discrimination. In addition to Focus on the Family's anti-gay agenda, the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared organizations like the Family Research Council as known a “hate group,” for their blatant and repeated homophobic lies about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. These organizations receive donations through CVN when customers buy products through CVN stores. Corporations that are typically strong on LGBT rights like Apple, Wells Fargo, Macy’s and others, are allowing their brands to be used to raise money for organizations whose major focus of work is hurting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This has to stop. Call on Apple to insist CVN stop using their brand to raise money for hate.  

Ben Crowther
22,586 supporters
Petitioning Apple

Redheads should have emoji, too!

Despite the recent racial and sexual 'diversification' of Apple's emoji to be released in the next iOS 8.3 update, there's still an important group of people missing from the emoji family of 300 new symbols. Redheads. In all their glorious gingerness, they've been missed out. Again. If you say you're going to diversify, why not add a few red-haired emoji in the mix? Natural redheads may be rare at less than 2% of the world's population, but that is 138,000,000 iPhones waiting to happen.

Ginger Parrot
21,843 supporters
Petitioning Google, Inc, Apple

Apple, Google, Steam No remove Geometry Dash From stores

We want to leave in the stores of purchases of digital games the Game GD since there is a called call Apple, Google: REMOVE GEOMETRY DASH FROM YOUR STORES which many players do not want that to happen It can contain some errors and defects but we do not want that they remove it already That can be fixed Queremos dejar en las tiendas de compras de videojuegos digitales el Juego GD ya que hay una encontra llamada Apple, Google: REMOVE GEOMETRY DASH FROM YOUR STORES lo cual muchos jugadores no quieren que ocurra Puede contener algunos errores y defectos pero no queremos que lo quiten ya que pueden arreglarse  GameShot: STIVENELVRO:

Game Shot
11,039 supporters
Petitioning Ambient, Apple, Google, Inc

Stop cyberbullying -- remove Afterschool app from app stores

Social media and phone apps are creating an epidemic of bullying. But unlike in the past, bullies are able to use their phones to go after their victims anytime and anyplace. Afterschool is one of the biggest culprits. It is a popular app that allows teens to post anonymously text and images to message boards assigned to their school. Anyone can tag another person enrolled at the school on their posts. These posts often are used to harass and spread lies about other students. Some even post death threats and violent messages. As a high school student, I have seen this app used as a weapon against people I care about. One friend told me they contemplated suicide because the app was making their life a living nightmare. I started this petition because the app developers are not doing enough to prevent teens from using their app to torment others. Despite widespread media coverage and users reporting abuse, the app still doesn’t have the safeguards in place, like removing anonymous posting, to protect teens from bullying. No one deserves to be bullied. Apps like Afterschool make cyber-bullying and public humiliation easier than ever. Until they put the proper safeguards in place, Google and Apple should remove Afterschool from their app stores. Sign this petition today and help stop the emotional damage and torment caused by bullies using anonymous apps like Afterschool.

Michael Torres Trevino
8,529 supporters
Petitioning Apple

Ban the launch of the 'Peeple' application.

The Peeple application is due to launch in November 2015. It is an application that allows users to rate each other. There is NO way to opt out or remove your profile once you, or someone else has added it. It is potentially dangerous to people's personal privacy and opens them up to bullying and harassment and could unfairly influence the decision of prospective employers. People should have a choice if they appear on the application and currently people do not have that choice. Lets call on app stores such as the Apple app store and Google play to prevent this application and all the problems that go with it.

Josh Brayshaw
8,243 supporters
Petitioning Apple

Honor Prince with an emoji

Prince was a revolutionary artist of all media. His plethora of musical work and legendary film "Purple Rain" are touchstones of pop culture as we know it today. As we all know Prince changed his name to a symbol for many years due to copyright issues. This symbol can represent in a single emoji everything Prince means to so many. Apple, "Think Different", make a Prince emoji and honor someone who, maybe more than anyone else in music truely thought different.

Erik Bartsch
7,919 supporters