In checking out various email and vpn offerings I came across riseup.net which technically looks promising but has a major Gotcha! The public is not welcome.
Only friends of current users who receive a code may create a regular account for mail etc. If you don't know someone who already is a user this is not for you.
There is a free "black" VPN offering but there is no Windows version so that leave out 90% of the world as well. ( says "Coming Soon") but who knows what their definition of soon is.
Since I don't know anyone it is not going to be possible for me to provide a review or a recomendation for this service.
A general search has not produced a link to a user forum.
There is a ticket system anyone can post to including non-users and I did get a fast reply that only confirmed their service are closed to the public at this time.
Recomendation: For now check their page, something may change in the future but as it is operated now this is probably not going to be a viable option for more than a small handful of users and their friends.