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April 2020
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......

  • PALCUS National Scholarship Applications NOW OPEN!
  • PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE
  • PALITICUS New Episode:Timothy Perry
  • #SupportPortugueseBusiness Campaign
  • #PortugueseHeroes Campaign
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: David Silva
Embassy Row
  • Embassy of Portugal in Washington DC: World Health Organization Presents Portuguese Digital Tool to respond to COVID-19
  • Embaixada dos EUA em Portugal: Global Health Advisory Level 4
Gateway Featured Business
  •   Alzuleycha
Community News:
  • Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute: Portuguese Americans during the Covid-19 World Wide Pandemic 
  • Cross Currents LLC wins Pollie Award 
  • Tech DECIPHERED Podcast
  • Boston Portuguese festival cancelled due to pandemic
  • Fall River's Day of Portugal celebration moved to September 
  • Luso-americana desenha máscaras e inicia produção em Los Angeles
  • Luso-American Teen Is 3D Printing Masks For Hospitals Amid Coronavirus 
  • PALCUS Chair Angela Simões launches children's book about Portuguese Festas in the United States
PALCUS National Scholarship Applications  NOW OPEN!

PALCUS is pleased to announce that the 2020 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 was also 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: 

Make Portuguese Count™ 
in the 2020 U.S. Census

U.S. Census has started and continues  in spite of the 
COVID-19 Virus precautions.
Self-response is easy with NO contact!
78,000,000 Households have responded so far!
Have you completed yours yet?

You can answer the 2020 Census in 3 ways:

1. Online at 
Watch the tutorial video here in Portuguese!

Make Portuguese Count - Census 2020 - Instructional Video - European Portuguese
NEW! Make Portuguese Count in the 2020 Census Tutorial Video:
"Como completar o Censo 2020 Video em Português"

2. By Phone: TOLL Free from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. / 7 days a week
844-330-2020 (In English)
844-474-2020 (Em Português)

3. On Paper Form in the Mail:

All forms of self-response will be accepted until October 31, 2020.
however if you do not respond by May 28th, a Census Taker will come to your residence to interview you in person. Official Census Takers have photo IDs.

 Be sure to write or say "Portuguese" under the Race/Origin Question!

Visit  for more information.

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE

Be like Mikel, Emilie and John - 
Pledge to Write "Portuguese" in the 2020 Census!
(L-R) Mikel Santos, Emilie Portal and John Santos
Courtesy of Benvinda Santos taken at Memorial Day Farmingville, NY Parade with the participation of the Portuguese-American Center of Suffolk County (Clube de Farmingville), an affiliate of NYPALC.

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ by the Numbers (so far!).......
MPC Affiliated Organizations: 234
Has YOUR organization registered?  Register Here

MPC Captains Nationwide: 77   Meet Our Captains Here

Events Attended: 210   (May, 2019 - March, 2020)

Campaign Buttons: 15,500        Printed Materials Distributed: 40,000

Would your club, organization, school, church or business like to help spread the word with information and printed materials?  
Contact Marie Fraley directly to put you in contact with a Captain in your area!
Watch for our Special Make Portuguese Count™ Newsletter dedicated to all the news about our participation as a community in the 2020 Census.

Visit our Facebook Page  @Make Portuguese Count
Teachers! Distance Teaching?
Make Portuguese Count™ in the 
Portuguese Classroom!

Teachers of Portuguese can take advantage of the 2020 U.S. Census already in full swing.
Use this "teachable moment" to engage your students with lessons in civic engagement, ethnic identity and Portuguese Pride in your own Portuguese classrooms.

Teachers at the "Encontro de Professores de Português" at Rhode Island College in October, 2019 adapted lessons from the U.S Census website "Statistics in Schools" to teach about the Census. The lessons were refined and translated into Portuguese by Dr. Silvia Oliveira and her interns at the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies for grades K - 12. 

The Census is in full swing but you can make an impact while students are at home.
Lessons can easily be accessed at the Digital Commons of the 
James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.

 Link to our Webpage for Details  Need flyers and posters?  Contact 
Make Portuguese Count™ in made possible by the generous support of:

PALITICUS New Episode: Timothy Perry

Today's guest is Timothy Perry, who is Chief of Staff & Deputy Homeland security Adviser in the Government's Office of Emergency Service in the state of California. Listen in as he talks about how he got started as the first volunteer for David Cicilline's campaign when he ran for Mayor of Providence, RI. and his interesting journey to where he is now.

PALITICUS - Ep. 025 - Timothy Perry
PALITICUS - Ep. 025 - Timothy Perry

#SupportPortugueseBusiness Campaign

Restaurants selling takeout or gift certificates?
Online stores selling merchandise or gift certificates?
Artists selling prints or artwork online?
Musicians holding livestream concerts?
Any Portuguese business that is open and selling a product or service during this time of lockdown, please email your details to us at and we will share with our nationwide community! We have to help each other get through this, and we WILL get through this!  #SupportPortugueseBusiness

#PortugueseHeroes Campaign

PALCUS recognizes all Portuguese Americans working on the front lines, in many different essential service roles. We can't do this without you! Thank you! Obrigado! You are our #PortugueseHeroes !
If you know a #PortugueseHero send us a private message or email

PALCUS Membership Spotlight: David Silva

PALCUS Member David Silva, PhD, Provost at Salem State University was recognized for his volunteer efforts in the local community. Dr. Silva will be inducted into the Civic Engagement Hall of Fame at Salem State. A recognition that is well deserved.

Congratulations Provost Silva!!

Read more


A digital tool called "ADAPTT Surge Planning Support Tool" was formally presented by the World Health Organization (WHO). This instrument developed in Portugal is a result of a partnership between the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (APAH) and GLINTT - Global Intelligent Technologies, in collaboration with WHO.
ADAPTT is an open source tool for planning resources allocated to resp ond to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. It will mainly be used by health care experts and policy makers, allowing WHO Member States to use hard data (such as the medical resources available) for decision making.

Alzuleycha of San Jose, California

Alzuleycha is a design studio that reinvents details of the Portuguese architecture transforming them into decoration accessories for your home.
Details like the hydraulic floor tile, the wall tiles, the balcony bricks and balustrades are Alzuleycha´s inspirations to create decorations accessories.
Alzuleycha wanted to honor and praise the long and rich history of the Portuguese architecture, redesigning and modernizing details that go unnoticed in the architectural ensemble of the city by bringing them inside the house as a piece of art.

To learn more about Alzuleycha,  visit their Facebook or  Website .
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway  online.

The 2020 National Examination s in World Languages (NEWL) for Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian have been postponed until May to allow NEWL staff to adapt the exams in response to the COVID-19 situation. American Councils is committed to providing high school students the opportunity to demonstrate their foreign language knowledge and skills this year and will announce final testing d   ates by April 10. 

Due to the worldwide situation with COVID-19 and school closings, we are modifying the administration format in two ways. First, the examinations will be shortened in total length. Second, exams will move from school-based to home-based administration. Students sitting for the exam at home will be monitored online by American Councils, Washington, DC-based specialists.

Students already registered for the original April testing dates will not need to re-register. The last day to register for NEWL 2020 will be May 10. All students will receive instructions on how to take the exam in the modified format and will be asked to participate in a brief online orientation session several days prior to test administration on a date determined by American Councils. 

Interested students and parents may contact with questions related to NEWL registration or administration of the 2020 NEWL.

PALCUS Webinar - NEWL Exam
PALCUS Webinar - NEWL Exam
2020 NEWL Exam for Portuguese Language Learn about how the NEWL Exam for Portuguese language will be administered during the COVID-19 crisis.

Instructions: The first step is to apply for the exam at The application is very simple, requiring only the name, title, email, and telephone number of the registrant (i.e. the person registering the student for the exam), as well as the name and address information of the student's institution (e.g. school, language program, etc.). Since the test has been moved to a remote format, you may leave the "testing center" information blank.

Once the application for the 2020 Portuguese NEWL exam has been received by our department, the registrant will be notified via email. The registrant will be responsible for registering the examinee(s) in the online registration system and for coordinating payment. In the email, there will be a link for completing that registration and payment as well as for the NEWL Registrant Instructions.
American Councils test administration specialists will handle all test proctoring and monitoring.

The students will be responsible for setting up their own labs. To help them do so, all students will receive instructions on how to set up their computers and how to take the exam in the modified format. All students will also participate in a brief online orientation session several days prior to test administration on a date determined by American Councils.
Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute: Portuguese Americans during the 
Covid-19 World Wide Pandemic 

As a community we live in the US , like all of our friends and neighbors of all ethnic backgrounds, very trying times. Here is an opportunity for all of us to register our very own story. The Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute at Fresno State, as part of the continuing project of archiving the Portuguese-American Experience wants to register the stories of everyday Portuguese-Americans as we all live this significant moment in history. Please take some time to answer some very simple questions, elaborate as much as you feel necessary. Our individual stories will connect us as a community. By sharing our stories, we are writing the history of our Portuguese-American experience and shaping our future.

Cross Currents LLC wins Pollie Award

The Pollie Awards are the most prized and sought-after awards in the political communications and public affairs industries. 
Cross Currents LLC wins Pollie award for "Teachers" Radio Ad for the Carlos Villapudua State Assembly Campaign!

Congratulations Lee Neves!!


Tech DECIPHERED brings you the Entrepreneur and Investor views on Big Tech, VC and Start-up news, opinion pieces and research. We decipher their meaning, and add inside knowledge and context. Being nerds, we also discuss the latest gadgets and pop culture news. 
To understand what's really happening below the surface, join our hosts, Nuno Goncalves Pedro, investor, co-founder and managing partner at Strive Capital, and Bertrand Schmitt, entrepreneur, co-Founder & Chairman at App Annie. They have been each in tech for almost 25 years, are now based in Silicon Valley, having both previously worked and lived in Europe and Asia.
With Tech DECIPHERED, discover how the best entrepreneurs pitch, how investors think, and what are the deep trends underlying the tech industry.
Our tone is a little bit like us: passionate, irreverent, nerdy. We are strong-minded, but convey informed opinions. We will always be trying to aim for the truth and that means there will be no BS allowed. We won't be afraid to disagree, but we will be having quite a lot of fun in the process.

Boston Portuguese Festival cancelled due to pandemic
The Boston Portuguese Festival, the greater Boston annual celebration of the Day of Portugal, has been cancelled.

Originally scheduled for June, the festivities have been cancelled in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

"The health and safety of Festival team members, vendors, sponsors, entertainers, attendees, and the community-at-large, are of the utmost importance to us," said the Boston Portuguese Festival of Directors and organizing team in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

The festival organizers say they look forward to returning to Boston in 2021 once everyone is safe and healthy.

"We will come out of this tragedy together and stronger than ever," read the statement.

Read the article here
Fall River's Day of Portugal celebration moved to September

"In light of current public health concerns, Day Of Portugal Fall River 2020 has made the very difficult decision to postpone our annual celebration , originally scheduled for June 19 to 21
We are, however, very excited to announce that event will take place on September 3 to 6. We will still feature the same fantastic entertainment, Portuguese food and beverages.
We sincerely appreciate the understanding of our supporters as we work together as a community to keep the public safe and healthy."

Luso-americana desenha máscaras e inicia produção em Los Angeles

Portuguese-American designer Goretti Medeiros designed a protective mask for health professionals and began mass production in Los Angeles, an initiative to help combat covid-19. 

"My biggest concern is to make masks that provide appropriate protection to people on the front lines, because homemade cotton masks should not be used by doctors or nurses," 
Technical designer and textile engineer for 25 years, owner of the online store Rooster Camisa, which sells clothes and accessories alluding to Portugal, the Portuguese-American designer designed a mask with four layers of fabric.
Luso-American Teen Is 3D Printing Masks For Hospitals Amid Coronavirus

Watchung Hills Regional High School sophomore Matthew Nunes is using his time home from school to help out others. He is 3D printing masks to help the hospital staff working on the front lines amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"I saw a post where they needed masks," Nunes of Warren said. "I did my research to see if maybe I could create the masks and I could."

Nunes began printing the masks on Thursday and is need of more plastic sheets, elastic bands, and hot glue sticks to continue his production.

PALCUS Chair Angela Simões launches children's book about Portuguese Festas in the United States

Lusodescendant businesswoman Angela Simões has launched a new bilingual illustrated book for children aged 6 to 12, with a story that portrays the tradition of the  Portuguese communities "Festas" in the United States.
Illustrated by the Luso-American Hélia Borges Sousa and translated to Portuguese by Professor Diniz Borges, the book is entitled  "Maria and Joao go to the Festa! A Maria e o Joao vão à Festa." 

We would love to hear what you have been up to. Events, Promotions, Graduations, Awards, Lectures or News the community should know about.   Send us an email to be featured in our newsletter:
Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
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!

 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.

PALCUS has earned the 2019 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency. Visit our profile HERE
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