The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
April 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......
  • PALCUS 2019 Congressional Reception
  • PALCUS earns Gold Seal of Transparency
  • Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign Updates 
  • Applications for PALCUS Scholarship now open!
  • Reception at the residence of Consul General of Portugal in NY, Maria de Fátima Mendes
  • PALITICUS Podcast: Sofia Pereira
  • Diniz Borges: The Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute offers new vision - Interview 
  • PALITICUS now Available on Google Play 
PALCUS Upcoming Events

Gateway Featured Business
  • Bakers of All Nations
Community News:
  • Poet Ana Luisa Amaral at the Library of Congress
  • Study Abroad: Comparative Arts in Portugal
  • Touro Dental Services in Portuguese, Westchester Cty, NY
PALCUS Holds Congressional Reception and Meetings on the Hill
March 27 & 28, 2019 

Watch for our Special Edition: Congressional Newsletter (Forthcoming)
New Logo Design:
Lunaer Media, Branding and Strategy

2019 Congressional Reception:

As part of its Government Relations Program, PALCUS co-hosted the 2019 Congressional Reception with Congressman Jim Costa (D, CA-16), Co-Chair of the Portuguese-American Congressional Caucus. Vice-Chair Katherine Soares served as Mistress of Ceremonies and conveyed messages from Chairwoman Angela Simões and from United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.

Speakers included:
  • H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal
  • Senator Jack Reed (D, RI), Co-Chair of Friends of Portugal in the U.S. Senate
  • Congressman Jim Costa (D, CA-16), Co-Chair, Portuguese-American Congressional Caucus
  • Congressman David Cicilline (D, RI-1), Co-Chair, Portuguese-American Congressional Caucus
  • Ronald E. Brown, U.S. Census Partnership Coordinator
  • Marie R. Fraley, PALCUS National Census Director
Attendees included
  • Hon. Phillip Rapoza, Chief Justice, MA Appeals Court (Ret.)
  • RI Lt. Governor Daniel McKee
  • Bernardo Goarmon, President, Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce
  • PALCUS Directors
  • Charter Members
  • Sponsors and Friends of PALCUS
Sponsored by: 
Anchor Construction, Potomac Concrete, Virginia Contractor Supply, Fort Myer Construction
Congressman Jim Costa
Senator Jack Reed
Congressman David Cicilline
   Meetings on the Hill:

PALCUS Directors spent additional time in Washington, D.C. meeting with caucus and prospective caucus members to inform members of Congress about changing demographics in the Portuguese-American community, issues of concern to Portuguese-Americans and participation in the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign.

As a result of PALCUS' efforts, we are pleased to announce that two additional members of the 116th Congress have joined the Portuguese-American Congressional Caucus including the first Congresswoman of Portuguese descent elected to Congress.

Congresswoman Lori Loureiro Trahan (D, MA-3)

Congressman TJ Cox (D, CA-21)

PALCUS Earns Gold Seal of Transparency
PALCUS has earned a 2019 GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency upgrading from the Bronze Level!

By publishing information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and vision, we are highlighting the difference we help to make in the Portuguese-American community on a national level.

Check out our updated Guidestar non-profit profile: 

GuideStar USA, Inc. is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies.  In 2016, its database provided information on 2.5 million organizations. Since 1994, GuideStar was one of the first central sources of information on U.S. nonprofits and is the world's largest source of information about nonprofit organizations.

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATES
Watch for our Special Make Portuguese Count™ Newsletter dedicated to all the news about our participation as a community in the 2020 Census.

View the Make Portuguese Count™ promotional video

Visit our Facebook Page  @MakePortugueseCount

   Census Day 2019: T minus One Year and Counting!

   April 2, 2019 was Census Kick-Off Day at the State House in Rhode Island. Marie Fraley, PALCUS National Census Director and member of the RI Governor's Complete Count Committee was on hand with Census Captain Leonel Teixeira, Fmr. Vice-Consul of Portugal in Providence, to Make Portuguese Count™ in Rhode Island.

Will you be ready to Make Portuguese Count™?  Watch for news about our nationwide campaign in the months ahead.

(L-R) Captain Leonel Teixeira, Marie Fraley and RI Attorney General Peter Neronha,
Portuguese-American Elected Official
RI Lt. Gov. Dan McKee with Marie Fraley
PALCUS National Scholarship Applications

PALCUS is pleased to announce that the 2019 application cycle for the PALCUS National Scholarships is now open.

The program was established by the Rosa Family in 2012 and is maintained by donations by Marc F. Rosa with matching funds from Merrill Lynch and other donors.  This year the Alexandre António DaCosta Simões Memorial Scholarship will be added.

To be eligible, students must be a current college undergraduate (at least freshman) or graduate student in an approved program of study. For more about eligibility and procedures, please visit: 
Reception: Residence of Consul General of Portugal in NY, Maria de Fátima Mendes

PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares attended a reception on March 28 at the residence of the Consul-General of Portugal in New York, Maria de Fátima Mendes marking the visit  of Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias.

(Photo Courtesy of Henrique Mano)
PALITICUS Episode 20 - 
Arcata Councilwoman Sofia Pereira

Councilwoman Sofia Pereira from the city of Arcata, California is today's guest. She talks about how wanting to make a difference got her involved in local politics. She also talks about her vision for Arcata to become the 1st Zero Waste City in Humboldt County and how she thinks it's important to increase the city's use of technology to improve resident engagement and to make vital information easily accessible.  Listen Here

By Millicent Borges Accardi

Diniz Borges, long-time educator and Portuguese community leader, was recently appointed as the first director of the Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute at Fresno State University in California. The project was founded in November 2018, after a $130,000 grant from the Luso-American Development Foundation, for launching a Portuguese-American Oral History Project and a speaker series.  The newly created institute will offer a dynamic program of courses, collaborations and public events benefiting the Luso community in the San Joaquin Valley and students at Fresno State.

PALITICUS Now Available on Google Play 

is the official podcast of PALCUS, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States.   PALITICUS  seeks to drive discussion within the Portuguese community in the United States around public service, the issues affecting the community and what each individual can do about it.

The bi-weekly podcast - hosted by Diniz Borges and Angela Simões - brings together industry experts, lawmakers and political analysts to raise awareness about important issues and encourage more civic involvement and engagement by Portuguese-Americans.  
Listen to the podcast on  SoundCloud,  iTunes Stitcher,  YouTube and now on Google Play. Please share with family, friends and colleagues. Feel free to end feedback about who we should interview, what questions to ask or what topics to discuss.  
PALITICUS is made possible through the support of the  Luso-American Foundation and the  Government of the Azores. 
Save the Date! 

Joint Luso-American Financial and PALCUS Mixer in New Bedford, MA
May 16, 2019 / 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Save the Date! 

PALCUS Annual Leadership Awards Gala
October 12, 2019,  Sacramento, California

This month's featured business is 
Bakers of All Nations, 
Mineola, New York.
Bakers of All Nations is a small bakery that focuses on delicious authentic Portuguese baked goods.
To learn more about  Bakers of All Nations , visit their  Website  or  Facebook
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway online.
Washington, D.C.
Ana Luisa Amaral at the Library of Congress

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Portuguese poet Ana Luísa Amaral will participate in a conversation and reading from her new book of poems What's in a name? (New Directions, 2019) translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Amaral is one of Portugal's most exciting poets whose work has been described as "small hypnotic miracles [...] reminiscent of Szymborska and of Emily Dickinson". This event will include a display of special editions of authors that have shaped Amaral's literary work and scholarship, like Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. 

Sponsored by the Hispanic Division in collaboration with Instituto Camões and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University. 
Book display will be from 4-5pm. / Copies of  What's in a Name will be sold at the program.
Location: Hispanic Reading Room (LJ-240) Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor

Study Abroad: Comparative Arts in Portugal

Comparative Arts in Portugal will take place between the University of Minho in Braga and the city of Porto from June 6-18, 2019.  

As a 3-credit Arts & Humanities course, Comparative Arts in Portugal offers students a unique opportunity to explore historic and cutting-edge visual arts and architecture, culinary traditions and the theatrical legacies of Northern Portugal.  Students will participate in hands-on activities such as visiting medieval monasteries and Baroque palaces, UNESCO World Heritage sites and award-winning European Green Cities, the galleries and studio spaces of practicing artists, an ancient archaeological site where students will participate in an on-going dig, food tours and a cooking class with a Portuguese chef, a workshop in an avant-garde multi-media puppet theater, etc.  Throughout this trip, students will have the opportunity not only to study authentic artworks, artifacts and monuments, but we will also meet and work with local artists, scholars, students and "foodies."   Sponsored in part by the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies, University of Massachusetts - Lowell.

Touro Dental Health Offers Services in Portuguese
Westchester County, New York

As the teaching facility of Touro College of Dental Medicine, Touro Dental Health is a new option for affordable dental care in Westchester.   Touro Dental Health, located on the campus of New York Medical College in Hawthorne, NY, offers a full range of oral health services for both children and adults, from routine dental care to advanced treatment including orthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery and more - all at a significant savings of 20-50%. 

Dental care is provided by highly-trained dental students and faculty, including dentists who are fluent in Portuguese. Experience the convenience of comprehensive, low-cost dental care for your entire family in a modern setting unlike any other in the region.

To learn more or make an appointment, call 914-594-2700 or visit:

Article is provided by PALCUS as an informational service to the community and does not imply endorsement.
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We are stronger together!

I f you agree with the work undertaken by PALCUS to build the social, cultural and political capital of our community, then please join us and become a member today!

Strong membership participation means a stronger voice in the national Portuguese-American agenda. In order to advance Portuguese language education, increase presence in the congressional caucuses, and provide economic opportunities, the collective voice of thousands is needed!  

In addition, PALCUS is a member-driven non-profit organization that depends on membership dues and fundraising events to fund its operations.  Members of the all-volunteer board of directors donate their time and personal funds for travel, lodging and tickets to attend networking events and planning sessions so our administrative costs are relatively low but nonetheless critical to doing business on a daily basis.

There are membership categories to suit every budget and level of interest.  Please click on our membership webpage and join our voice today!

PALCUS announces that we are now using memberplanet, a user-friendly platform that will help us to serve you better.  It is an interactive service that will allow you to update your PALCUS member profile, track donations and dues and join PALCUS circles with members of similar interests all with the click of a mouse.  
When you become a PALCUS member, you will be prompted to join us on memberplanet. As always your information is confidential and will never be shared without your permission. Questions? Contact Graci for more information! 

Did you enjoy this newsletter? Do you know about all the programs PALCUS offers our community? Please visit our website and become a member today! 
We can't do what we do without your support!

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Jobs for Portuguese Speakers
Jobs for Portuguese Speakers

If you want to put your Portuguese language skills to use in your next job, there are many opportunities out there! Visit the  Jobs for Portuguese Speakers Facebook page to see some job openings.

Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110
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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991 as a non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. 
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the IRS tax code and  incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, Inc.
9255 Center Street, Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20110
Email:   PH: 202-466-4664   Web:
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