Today I give thanks for our First Amendment and freedom of expression.

Throughout history, artists have been muzzled, shackled, imprisoned and liquidated merely for expressing “unofficial” ideas; but only once, thank the Lord, in the good-old USA.

In Havana this moment, 14 artists are sequestered in an apartment, surrounded by Cuban state security police.

After a week trapped inside, they’re starving, because the police have prevented food drop-offs. They have also detained journalists and diplomats who’ve attempted to meet with the artists.

The crime?

The artists protested a recent judicial sentence.

Their protest comprised a pubic poetry reading.

The government insists they’re “enemies” of Cuba—and mere attention-seekers.

What artist isn’t?