Gold membership is a special category for those people who want to play an active part in shaping the FSU. As a gold member, you will be consulted by the directors when it comes to big, strategic decisions and be invited to meet up with them, as well as members of the advisory councils, at least once a year. You’ll also be invited to all our social gatherings (“speakeasies”) and receive discounted tickets to the FSU’s regular debates.
As a member, you’ll also receive regular newsletters updating you on the work we’re doing to defend free speech. In addition, members may be defended by the FSU if they are penalised for exercising their legal right to free speech. For instance, if you find yourself being targeted by a digital outrage mob on social media for having exercised your legal right to free speech, we may mobilise an army of supporters. If a petition is launched calling for you to be fired, when you’ve done nothing other than exercise your legal right to free speech, we may help you organise a counter-petition. If you’re no-platformed by a university, we’ll encourage you to fight back and members of our advisory councils may be able to tell you what remedies are available to you. If you’re a student or an academic being investigated by your university for breaching a speech code, we may take up your case with the university. If you’re punished by your employer because you’ve exercised your lawful right to free speech, we’ll do our best to provide you with assistance or refer you to specialists who can help. We’re also in discussions with lawyers and insurance experts about setting up a fully-underwritten insurance scheme that will provide all members with access to specialist lawyers and will completely cover any costs associated with legal action—unlike most other no win, no fee arrangements. Some membership benefits are discretionary, such as pro bono legal advice, pro bono media/PR advice, public support and campaigning, and will be conferred at the discretion of the Free Speech Union, depending on the case and the broader interests of the Union. Gold membership is restricted to those aged 16 and over, and because Gold Members will play an active part in shaping the Free Speech Union, their membership status is subject to Board approval. You will be notified about that in due course and if your application isn’t approved your membership fee will be returned in full. Discretionary legal assistance and the insurance scheme is only available in the UK.