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.