Democrats Abroad (DA) Panama is the official country committee for US citizen Democrats living in Panama. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

Our members are spread across Panama so please feel free to suggest meetings or activities in various interior provinces! We would love to meet you.

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Democrats Abroad - Panama

DA Panama Leadership:

Kimberly Antonsen
| Panama Chair | DPCA Voting Representative
Timothy Connelly
| DA Panama Vice Chair | DPCA Voting Representative
Joyce Kinnear
| Panama Secretary
Marcia Henry-Lokay
| Panama Treasurer
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    Democrats Abroad in Chiriquí Hold Thanksgiving

    Democrats Abroad in Chiriqui held an in person dinner in celebration of Thanksgiving on Sunday, December 21 in Boquete. 

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    Chiriqui Progressives Hold Fall Festival and Wine Tasting.

    Democrats Abroad Panama in the Province of Chiriqui held an in person fall meeting with wine and appetizer tasting in Boquete on October 9. Due to much decreased Covid cases in the country and ability to have people together, about 50 vaccinated members of Chiriqui Progressives discussed plans for 2022 voter registration and get out the vote activities. In addition, everyone was able to sample three wines and related appetizer tastings, as well as listen to local musicians. It was a festive atmosphere for everyone.

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 45 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Preserving Our Voices for the Future - Remembering the legacy of Japanese American incarceration

    In honor of AAPI Heritage month, Democrats Abroad AAPI Global Caucus, the Global Black Caucus, and the Reparations Task Force will host a discussion about the importance of preserving the legacy of Japanese American incarceration. This event coincides with what would have been the 101st birthday of Japanese American activist Yuri Kochiyama and also the 97th birthday of Malcolm X, who worked closely together in bridging Asian American and Black American civil and human rights. We will dedicate this event to their memory.

    Join us as we speak to Brian Niiya, Japanese American Historian and Editor of the Densho Online Encyclopedia, and Grace Shimizu, Director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project and Coordinator of the Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans!

    2022 is the 80th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced removal of persons deemed a threat to national security to “relocation” centers. Approximately 122,000 Japanese men, women and children, mostly U.S. citizens, were sent to 10 concentration camps: Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Tule Lake and Manzanar in California, Topaz in Utah, Poston and Gila River in Arizona, Granada in Colorado, Minidoka in Idaho, and Jerome and Rowher in Arkansas.

    The Japanese American Education Confinement Act which is currently awaiting passage in the Senate will play an important part in ensuring that the lessons learned from the incarceration of Japanese Americans are taken on board to stem the tide of the abuse of power and cultural intolerance. As we move further away from this period of incarceration and those that lived through this time pass away, it is now more important that we make sure this history is not forgotten. We must learn from our past and the way to do this is by educating ourselves about our history, which includes all sides of our past. This event will explore the importance of preserving Japanese American history as an important part of ensuring that democratic principles are upheld for all people.   

    Participants will hear from our two guest speakers and will then have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in an informal discussion about how we move forward.

    We also want to thank the Global Progressive Caucus for supporting this event.


    About the speakers

    Brian Niiya is editor of the online Densho Encyclopedia. Densho started in 1996 originally to document oral histories from those incarcerated during WWII and has evolved into a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity. Brian’s maternal grandparents from Hawai’i were incarcerated in a camp. He has published widely on Japanese history and has held various positions with the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the Japanese American National Museum and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i.

    Grace Shimizu is director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project and coordinator of the Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans! Her father migrated from Hiroshima to Peru in the 1920s from Hiroshima. He was forcibly brought to the United States during WWII under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s secret prisoner exchange program. The little-known program aimed to deport those of Japanese ancestry in Latin America and use them as hostages in exchange for Americans held by Japan. After the war, he was not allowed to return to Peru and remained in California. She is one of the founders of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project (1991) and the Campaign for Justice (1996).


    Vancouver, Canada 6:00am
    Washington, D.C. 9:00am
    Berlin, Germany 3:00pm
    Perth, Australia 9:00pm
    Seoul, South Korea 10:00pm


    Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 04:00 AM through May 23, 2022 Time
    WebEx in Washington, DC

    May 2022 Global Meeting


    Democrats Abroad will hold our 2022 Global Meeting online. The meeting will be held across the weekend of May 21-22.

    Connection details will be emailed to all Democrats Abroad member RSVP's closer to the meeting date.

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.


     Day One Agenda  Day Two Agenda
    Democrats Abroad Resolutions Democrats Abroad Charter Amendments

    To RSVP, click HERE to navigate to the bottom of this page

    NOTICE: This meeting will be recorded, including audio, video, and any materials exchanged or viewed during the session.

    Agenda (Subject to Change)

    Saturday, May 21      

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    Time (US Eastern)



    WebEx Opens/Check-In


    Meeting Begins, Roll Call


    Opening Remarks


    Confirmation Vote for DA Caribbean Islands


    Confirmation Vote for International Treasurer


    Adoption of Rules


    Approval of Minutes from May and August 2021 Global Meetings 


    International Chair’s Report


    International Treasurer’s Report




    DA’s Task Forces: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help


    DA’s Caucuses: What They Are, What They’re Doing, and How You Can Help


    Break / Guest Speaker DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau


    The Nuts & Bolts of Voting From Abroad


    Overview: Global GOTV Strategy and Resources for 2022


    Battleground State Teams


    Break / Guest Speaker DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison


    Reaching & Helping Voters in 2022


    Panel on GOTV Best Practices


    Break / Guest Speaker US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)


    Fundraising in 2022: The Pitch, Nuts and Bolts, and Best Practices 


    Closing Remarks for Day One


    End of Day One

    Sunday, May 22

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    Time (US Eastern)



    WebEx Opens/Check-In


    Meeting Reconvenes, Roll Call


    Rebranding Overview: New DA Logo, DA Website Redesign, and VFA Website Redesign


    Membership Engagement: Volunteer Pathways in 2022 






    Break / Guest Speaker


    Charter Amendments


    Break / Guest Speaker


    Charter Amendments (cont.)


    Closing Remarks for Day Two


    End of Day Two, Meeting Adjourns


    Democrats Abroad Resolutions

    The DPCA will consider resolutions submitted by its members at the Global Meeting. Resolutions can pertain to matters of internal governance, DA's advocacy of policies, or memorializing leaders who have recently passed away. The texts of resolutions for this meeting are available as a PDF using this link. These texts are the result of a lengthy process of discussion and revisions, with all changes requiring the consent of the primary sponsors. During the meeting, a resolution may be passed, amended, rejected, or not considered due to parliamentary decisions.

    Any DA member is welcome to use a form to be recognized as a co-sponsor of an individual resolution. If you'd like to be listed publicly by name and country of residence as a co-sponsor of a particular resolution, please use the following link to complete the form:  This form will close 24 hours before the meeting's start.

    Democrats Abroad Charter Amendments

    Proposed amendments to Democrats Abroad’s Charter can be found here.


    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's GOTV activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Democrats Abroad Travel Fund.