Independent news media are the first defenders of free speech in the Trump Era. Our mission—to tell the truth, to be the voice of dissent, to be the conscience of the nation—is critically important. When the public has lost trust in corporate news, ours is the trusted voice. The failure of corporate media has opened an opportunity to create a new media system that is mission-based and values-driven--one that puts communities (rather than journalists or politicians) at its center. Our democratic values are at stake. We must seize the moment to ensure the voice of all the people is heard by those who govern.