I've been concerned about the tone and content of certain public statements by members of the executive branch. I think it has stepped beyond the bounds of acceptable standards for behavior. Would my best recourse be to contact my individual representatives (house and senate?) and ask them to consider censuring the individuals for their behavior? Is that tilting at windmills?
I think that you should follow your conscience and it is better to tilt at windmills than do nothing at all.
ETA: I think of it as encouraging certain people to grow spines, and supporting the people who have already done so.
Today I bought two subscriptions for Teen Vogue.
Are there truly people who "are not safe to speak out?" Other than Milo Yiannopolis who is physically threatened and kept from speaking at specific place
Yes, there are lots of people who feel it is not safe to speak out. As you have mentioned names, I will point to Zoë Quinn, Brianna Wu, Anita Sarkeesian - who have received rape threats, death threats. Plus the people who have been SWAT'd and doxxed. They've continued to speak out, but I'm sure that many others have not because they saw what might happen if they did. I'd argue that there was an atmosphere created by language which made people feel safe in taking actions which the majority of North America would say are not indicative of the type of society they want to live in.
You also mentioned "Human Rights Tribunal that clamped right down on Mark Steyn". Looking at this in Wikipedia (sources etc.) I see "The federal Canadian Human Rights Commission dismissed the Canadian Islamic Congress' complaint against Maclean's in June 2008". There was a letter to the editor which indicated that we should be afraid of hateful language because it can lead to hateful actions.
Given your chosen examples, I would suggest that perhaps this is not a welcoming thread for you.