Have we asked ourselves the important questions?
If US history tells us that the structures of our society come out of oppression, genocide, and slavery, will calling your legislator, a representative of the State, be effective? Possibly. But, we may not want to put all of our eggs in one basket.
For some of us, it is hard to accept that history is a pattern still in operation today. So, we scramble to do something, but we cannot see clearly in the dark on our own.
"I just need to do something."
This is true. It will not be perfect. It will not be easy and, yes, you need to do something. We all do.
Another question: Before our current administration, were you comfortable?
For me, absolutely not. The status quo has killed people like me for a very long time. The current administration is a loud representation of what has been hard to see for many not in proximity to those who have been marginalized for centuries. Those who cannot change their skin. Those who have chosen not to shapeshift their sexuality for the comfort of others. Those who were told how they might live here "legally" and then were detained in airports.
Our current administration is not new. It is a pattern. But, it is now that many can hear it, see it, and even deeply be afraid of it. And on the thing of action, we must act--even through the fear.
But, we must listen more--
or we perpetuate the very thing we think we are dismantling.
Grab the roots.