In our September/October issue we asked you to define some possible non-territorial constituencies and propose some issues to be placed on the ballot. Thanks for your participation. We entered your responses on a computer database. In some cases a person chose as her preferred constituency some rather unusual identity, such as "Hindu," "German," "atheist," "animal rights activist," or "Chinese." However, in those cases, the second-choice or third- choice usually was a more common one, and in a few cases we combined several identities, such as Hindu and Chinese, producing a more general category, "Asian." Proceeding in this way, we narrowed the list of constituencies to nine-Anglophone, Asian, Catholic, Environmentalist, Female, Feminist, Male, Peace activist, and Student. Then we narrowed the list of propositions to 18 two arising from each of the nine constituencies. (As you can see, there need not be any logical connection between the tide of the constituency and the propositions that its members suggest.)
Now we proceed to Stage Two. We ask you and your friends to choose one of the nine constituencies and, within your chosen constituency, one of the two propositions. That's all for this time. You're not voting on the issues this time, but only to determine which issues should appear on the ballot. In the March/April issue of Peace, you will have a chance to vote for or against all nine of the propositions that will be on the "referendum" ballot. We want as many responses as possible. If you are willing, send in the responses of all your friends and relatives too. We will explain later what this is about.
I wish to vote within the following constituency (choose only one).
Anglophone __ Asian __ Catholic __ Environmentalist __ Female __ Feminist __ Male __ Peace activist __ Student
Within my constituency, I prefer that the following item be chosen as a proposition for the referendum. Tick only one, a or b.)
(a) or (b)
Please send to Peace Magazine to arrive by January 25, 1992. Our address: 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto M55 2R4.