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http://www.change.org/petitions#featured

Today we’ve changed our profile picture as part of the Internet-wide protest against “Internet censorship” bills being debated in the U.S. Congress. Under the guise of protecting intellectual property, PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House threaten the innovation and creativity expressed every day via the Internet.

Just as Internet users and businesses have blacked out their sites and profiles in protest, so have they used Change.org to pressure supporters of this harmful legislation. We’ve featured 10 petitions of the dozens opposing SOPA and PIPA. Please visit this link to make your voice heard, then share this message to make sure the Internet stays free.

http://www.change.org/petitions#featured

Delly is asking Apple to “Think Conflict-Free” and make an ethical iPhone:

I am originally from North Kivu in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conflict has been raging for over fifteen years. I want an iPhone for the holidays this year - and I do like the iPhone4S - but having monitored mining sites in eastern Congo for several years documenting human rights abuses, I have seen firsthand the rape, violence, and devastation being fueled by the trade in minerals found in Apple’s products.I cannot in good conscience purchase an iPhone because the gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum that power it on are destroying my home.Apple, give my family and my people a chance for a better future by cleaning up your supply chain so that you are purchasing minerals from my country that benefit rather than destroy communities.Join me in asking Apple to create a conflict-free product that includes conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo that help Congolese communities by the 2013 holiday season. They can pave the way for all companies and consumers to make conflict-free phones and computers that help people in eastern Congo.

Delly is asking Apple to “Think Conflict-Free” and make an ethical iPhone:

I am originally from North Kivu in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conflict has been raging for over fifteen years. I want an iPhone for the holidays this year - and I do like the iPhone4S - but having monitored mining sites in eastern Congo for several years documenting human rights abuses, I have seen firsthand the rape, violence, and devastation being fueled by the trade in minerals found in Apple’s products.

I cannot in good conscience purchase an iPhone because the gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum that power it on are destroying my home.

Apple, give my family and my people a chance for a better future by cleaning up your supply chain so that you are purchasing minerals from my country that benefit rather than destroy communities.

Join me in asking Apple to create a conflict-free product that includes conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo that help Congolese communities by the 2013 holiday season. They can pave the way for all companies and consumers to make conflict-free phones and computers that help people in eastern Congo.

#SiriFail. Siri, why won’t you help me find family planning services?

If Siri is providing information for users who require medical attention-like an erection lasting more than 4 hours, chest pain, or active labor, then she should provide accurate information about family planning services including contraception and abortion care.
Additionally, she should point users to the right place when they report they have been sexually assaulted. If Siri can provide information about how to dispose of a dead body, where to purchase illegal drugs, or where to get an escort, she should certainly provide accurate family planning location information to her users.

#SiriFail. Siri, why won’t you help me find family planning services?

If Siri is providing information for users who require medical attention-like an erection lasting more than 4 hours, chest pain, or active labor, then she should provide accurate information about family planning services including contraception and abortion care.

Additionally, she should point users to the right place when they report they have been sexually assaulted. If Siri can provide information about how to dispose of a dead body, where to purchase illegal drugs, or where to get an escort, she should certainly provide accurate family planning location information to her users.

4000 have joined a campaign asking Apple to fix their #SiriFail and provide access to information about reproductive health issues through the Siri personal assistant.

Apple claims you can ask Siri, the new voice-activated PDA system for iPhone 4S, anything you’d ask a human concierge. “Where can I get good burgers around here?” gets you a list of burger joints within driving distance. “I need to pick up flowers” sends you to the hottest florist in town. You can even ask Siri where to buy sex and where to hide a dead body and you’ll get prompt results.
But ask Siri where to obtain abortion services and it suddenly can’t deliver. In some places, a search for abortion services sends the asker to a distant crisis pregnancy center — a fake clinic where activists opposed to abortion lie to pregnant women in order to dissuade them from choosing abortion — but fails to offer up the clinic that provides abortion that is much closer. Siri also seems baffled when it comes to birth control - in many cases it can’t point you to the proper place to get a prescription. Siri also runs into snags when asked where to access rape crisis centers and domestic violence services.
Apple has a history of responding to its customers, so you have an opportunity to ask them to change. Even if this was an oversight on Apple’s part, it’s one that’s harmful to and dismissive of women’s health. And Apple must fix this. Sign this petition to ask Apple to make Siri a responsible source of women’s health information.

4000 have joined a campaign asking Apple to fix their #SiriFail and provide access to information about reproductive health issues through the Siri personal assistant.

Apple claims you can ask Siri, the new voice-activated PDA system for iPhone 4S, anything you’d ask a human concierge. “Where can I get good burgers around here?” gets you a list of burger joints within driving distance. “I need to pick up flowers” sends you to the hottest florist in town. You can even ask Siri where to buy sex and where to hide a dead body and you’ll get prompt results.

But ask Siri where to obtain abortion services and it suddenly can’t deliver. In some places, a search for abortion services sends the asker to a distant crisis pregnancy center — a fake clinic where activists opposed to abortion lie to pregnant women in order to dissuade them from choosing abortion — but fails to offer up the clinic that provides abortion that is much closer. Siri also seems baffled when it comes to birth control - in many cases it can’t point you to the proper place to get a prescription. Siri also runs into snags when asked where to access rape crisis centers and domestic violence services.

Apple has a history of responding to its customers, so you have an opportunity to ask them to change. Even if this was an oversight on Apple’s part, it’s one that’s harmful to and dismissive of women’s health. And Apple must fix this. Sign this petition to ask Apple to make Siri a responsible source of women’s health information.