The Social Justice Vision at Stephen S. Wise Temple

Our congregation will see Social Justice as a calling that derives from our sense of God and the imperative of Jewish Tradition. The Stephen S. Wise Temple community will use our influence, power and compassion to be a force for positive, meaningful and effective change in the quality of life on behalf of all the citizens of Los Angeles and the world.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

I Love my Iphone..but I have a moral dilemma.

By far, the best smart phone that I have ever used is my Iphone. I've been using it for 2 months now and I am astounded by its versatility, effectiveness, and smoothness of operation. I am a power user -- loads of productivity apps, no games.  No "Angry Birds" on my phone.  Quite simply, it does everything you can imagine it to do and more, and it does it well. 

Why the advertisement for the Iphone?  Because I have a moral dilemma.  As much as I love my phone, I have a real issue with the circumstances under which that phone is manufactured.  Apple makes a tremendous profit from its sales and expects to make $32.5 billion, which is a 124% increase over last year! Nothing wrong with making a profit from a stellar product, but the question that we Iphone users have to ask ourselves is at whose expense?  Conditions in the factory that manufactures the Iphone are atrocious.  Apple pays $10 in labor for each phone and the phone itself uses about $190 worth of components.  Even with that, Apple deserves to make a profit just for the design alone.  No question about any of that.  But the question is: can Apple use its clout not only to whittle down the cost of manufacturing to such an extent that Apple shareholders and Apple execs make big bucks, which is, of course the goal of all businesses;  but also to make conditions for workers in China more humane?

Take a look at this report from CNN.  And this one from The New York Times

Here's the question for all of us to ponder:  Can we push Apple to demand better conditions for its Chinese workers?  I believe that we can.  If you agree with me, sign the petition here at

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