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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2012
8:44 AM

CONTACT: Change.org

Amanda Kloer, Director of Organizing
Phone: (202) 684 2552
Email: press@change.org

Apple Factory Abuses Spark Viral Online Campaign

140,000 join Apple user Mark Shields’ campaign on Change.org asking Apple to stop ongoing abuse of workers at iPod and iPad factories in China

WASHINGTON - January 31 - 140,000 people across the world have joined an explosive campaign on Change.org calling on Apple to protect workers who assemble Apple products from abuse, injury, and death.

Mark Shields, a self-identified Apple “super-user” launched the campaign on Change.org after listening to a radio program detailing allegations of labor abuses at an Apple supplier factory in China, including child labor, serious physical injuries of workers from repetitive motions during long shifts, and stress-related worker suicides.

“Apple is supposed to ‘think different’, which is one of the reasons I love and use the products they make,” said Shields. “But the horrible human suffering that goes into making Apple products isn't what they promise in their brand. I was heartsick when I learned what was really happening.  That's why I launched this campaign on Change.org and probably why so many people have joined so far.”

In less than 48 hours, Shields’ petition grew from a few hundred supporters to more than 140,000, many of whom have identified themselves as Apple fans.

"I am an advocate of Apple products, a raving fan, and have been ever since I got my first little all-in-one Mac in the 80s,” said Bellingham, WA, resident J.R. “I want to see Apple take an active role in improving the working conditions of the people who make their products. Even if that means longer wait times for new releases, or even higher prices, there is no shiny gadget that is worth the loss of another human being's use of their hands.”

“I was one of the people standing in line for hours waiting to buy the iPad when it was first released,” said Apple user Gabrielle, of Grandville, MI, upon joining Mark’s campaign. “Apple, you have the power, and most certainly the resources, to change things. Please act now and make all of us proud of loving Apple products once again.”

“Mark’s campaign is remarkable,” said Amanda Kloer, director of organizing for Change.org. “He learned about an injustice associated with his favorite products, and instead of just feeling angry or sad, he decided to fight that injustice using his power as a consumer. Change.org is all about empowering people like Mark to make change in the world, and it has been incredible to watch his campaign take off.”

Live signature totals Mark Shield’s campaign:
http://www.change.org/petitions/apple-ceo-tim-cook-protect-workers-making-iphones-in-chinese-factories

Journalists interested in contacting Apple’s public relations staff should try:
Apple Media Relations
media.help@apple.com
(408) 974-2042

Contact information for petition signers in your area can be arranged upon request:
Amanda Kloer
Director of Organizing, Change.org
press@change.org
(202) 684 2552

For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 500,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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