The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 29 Years!

Ornament Fundraiser Campaign

We have created a one of a kind ornament to help raise funds for our Summer Internship in Portugal program. 
  • High quality ceramic
  • Hand painted in Portugal
  • 3.5" x 5"
  • Comes in organza gift bag
August 2020
LUSUS Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue...... 

  • Host a Virtual Mixer with PALCUS!
  • PALCUS National Scholarship Applications Deadline is August 31st!
  • #SupportPortugueseBusiness Campaign
  • #PortugueseHeroes Campaign
  • #SupportOurElders Campaign
  • PALCUS Virtual Intern
  • PALCUS Donates Portuguese Activity Books to Seniors 
  • Portuguese Activity Book
  • Forming New Networks 
  • PALCUS FYI Webinars
  • PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE 
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: Project Protect with Heart
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: John Motta
Embassy Row
  • Embassy of Portugal in Washington DC: Programa Nacional de Apoio ao Investimento da Diáspora (PNAID)
  • Embaixada dos EUA em Portugal: Embaixador Glass completa 3 anos em Portugal
Gateway Featured Business
  •  Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant
Community News:
  • Recommendations for traveling to the Azores
  • Macau passa a fazer parte da Organização das Cidades Património Mundial
Host a Virtual Mixer with PALCUS!

Our co-hosted mixer with PFSA was a lot of fun and created new connections across the states. Co-host a mixer with us! It's free and a great way to reach new audiences"

PALCUS National Scholarship Applications STILL 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: 

#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


We have partnered with several Portuguese-American organizations who are already doing amazing work to help our elders, and we want to support these efforts. Below are several ways you can help, including:
  • Sending cards and messages of support
  • Sponsoring a meal (or meals) for the elderly
  • Donating a device to enable video chats
  • Delivering activity sheets to the elderly
Join us and help support these organizations who are supporting our elders!! 


PALCUS Donates Portuguese Activity Books to Seniors

As part of our #SupportOurElders Campaign we have donated Portuguese ACtivity Books to seniors in California.
Thank you to our friends at VALER (
Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
) for helping us distribute the Portuguese Activity Book to the seniors in Turlock, CA.
And thank you 
Spectrum Lithograph 
for printing them for us.

Portuguese Activity Book

PALCUS has designed an activity book for children and seniors. It's packed with word searches, coloring and other activities all centered around Portugal! This is the perfect way to have kids and seniors alike keep busy while celebrating their Portuguese Pride!
It's available for purchase on Amazon and shipping is free when you purchase 2 or more books! 

Portuguese Activity Book
Portuguese Activity Book

PALCUS Virtual Intern

We are thrilled to be working with James Parker of Lansdale, PA as one of our PALCUS Virtual Interns! James attends Tufts University and will be helping us grow our reach on Instagram. Welcome James!


PALCUS has started to conduct webinars and podcasts that tackle some topics that are not discussed very often in our community.  We also are providing more information around how to become more civically active, as it is more important than ever that we vote and make our voices heard.

Below are links to some recent webinars that you can watch and share with family and friends.  We have also listed some upcoming webinars that address topics such as growing up bi-racial and many other topics.  We have also started streaming these podcasts live on Facebook and are seeing a much higher engagement.  We will continue to do this with future webinars and podcasts whenever possible.

We welcome your comments and suggestions so that we continue to address the issues that are most important to YOU, our Portuguese community.  Thank you for your time, and we look forward to your feedback.


How to Organize a Voter Registration Event

How to Organize a Candidates' Night Debate
A Conversation with Jordan Thomas

Addressing Addiction in the Portuguese Community

Being Gay in the Portuguese Community

COVID and the Portuguese Community

Covid-19: Schools and Vaccines 

hATTR Amyloidosis
Not recorded due to Federal Regulations
What is hATTR amyloidosis? Hereditary ATTR (hATTR) amyloidosis is a rare condition that affects an estimated 50,000 people worldwide. Although anyone can be at risk for this disease, it is more common for certain ethnicities, such as people of African American, Portuguese, Irish, Brazilian, French, Japanese, and Swedish descent.
Click here to see if you have symptoms of this disease: 


Exploration of Portuguese-American Health Disparities
Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm ET
Dr. Carlos Pavao will provide an overview of the health disparities literature with special attention to the Portuguese-American experience and the challenges healthcare providers face in the delivery of high quality culturally competent care. With participant input, a specific lens will be devoted to the lack of health data.
Join us on Zoom:
Or watch LIVE on Facebook!

Importance of Having More Portuguese-Americans in Public Office, with Daniel DaPonte and Rosa Rebimbas
To Be Scheduled

Reform within Law Enforcement
To be Scheduled

Party Politics at a Local Level
To be Scheduled

Forming New Networks

As a result of the success of our recent webinars, there has been significant interest in forming different networking groups under the PALCUS umbrella.  Some of these first networking groups will focus on:

- Portuguese Women
- Portuguese Youth
- Portuguese LGBTQ+
- Portuguese in Education 
- Portuguese in Healthcare

Are you interested in being a part of these groups, and especially helping to form these groups?  What other topics or industries for which you would like to see a networking group?  Please contact us at with your input.  Thank you!

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

2020 Census will end 
on September 30th!!
94,300,000 Households have responded so far!
Have you completed yours yet?

Census Takers have begun knocking on doors 
but you can STILL respond yourself in 3 ways:

1. ONLINE at (look for Portuguese language option)
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. BY MAIL: Using the paper form received in the mail. No stamp needed.

When a Census Taker comes to your door, how do you know he/she is legitimate?
  • Official Census Takers have photo IDs with the Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date
  • They carry an official U.S. Census bag
  • COVID Precautions will be used.

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

Did you respond to the 2020 Census but did not
write "Portuguese" for your origins?

No worries! You get a "Do Over!"
Follow these directions:

  • Go to:
  • Select: "I do not have a code" option.
  • Complete the ENTIRE form again for EVERYONE in your household.
  • Remember to write "Portuguese" this time under any race(s) you select.
Visit for more information.
U.S. Census Bureau Updates

Here is what's new as the Bureau wraps up the 
2020 Census by September 30, 2020

Final Efforts for Areas with less than 50% Response Rate:
  • By phone:  Census workers will be calling homes if there is a phone number on file
  • By Email: Census workers will be emailing addresses if there is an email address on file. 
  • By Mail:  Non-responding households will receive another paper questionnaire that can be filled out and mailed in. No postage necessary!
Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA):
Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) is where official Census workers will go into grocery stories, markets, restaurants, houses of worship with mobile devices to encourage anyone who has NOT already responded to answer their 2020 Census "on the spot" while they are shopping or waiting in line.  Official Census workers will ALWAYS wear an official photo ID, carry an official Census bag, display a Census banner and use COVID precautions.

Quality Assurance Phone Calls:
You may receive a phone call from the U.S. Census Bureau even if you have already completed your census form to confirm information.  Here is the answer from NY Regional Director Jeff Behler when we inquired about members of our community receiving such calls:
"We definitely have a program where we call households that have completed their Census.  Primarily a quality check or coverage check to ensure we have everyone counted correctly.  As an example, if a household listed a college age son/daughter and checked that they usually live somewhere else but still included them on the form, we would try and call to confirm.  We do not ask any additional questions that haven't already been submitted, just really a confirmation."
Remember that the U.S. Census Bureau will NEVER ask for your Social Security Number, any financial information including bank or credit card numbers or political party information.

Please help us to Make Portuguese Count in the 2020 Census by spreading the word to all your families and friends.

A HUGE THANK YOU to our MPC Captains from Hawaii to Massachusetts and from Washington State to Florida who have worked so hard to make this campaign a success in the Portuguese community!  
Make Portuguese Count™ is made possible by the generous support of:

PALCUS Member Spotlight:
Project Protect With Hearts

Anna and Selena, RNs, sisters and co-founders of Annie & Isabel designer hospital gowns, have developed PPE scrub hats with the goal of bringing protection to their fellow health care colleagues and to fill an urgent need. They've joined forces with artist Tim Collom to design fabric featuring his famous "Hearts" painting. They have officially named this project "Protect With Heart".

Annie & Isabel's project Protect With Heart's mission is to provide 5,000 scrub hats to front line workers throughout the United States, free of charge.  
This project will be 100% funded by donations from the community to be used to cover the costs and distribution of the Protect With Hearts scrub hats. You can donate in two ways.

How To Donate
Purchase a limited edition Tim Collom "Hearts" print or donate directly....or better yet, do both!

PALCUS Member Spotlight:
John Motta

Congratulations to our member John Motta for the opening of his newest Dunkin Donuts store in Virginia Beach, VA.

Muito sucesso John!!


Programa Nacional de Apoio ao Investimento da Diáspora (PNAID)

O Programa Nacional de Apoio ao Investimento da Diáspora (PNAID) destina-se a apoiar emigrantes portugueses e lusodescendentes que queiram investir ou alargar a sua atividade económica em Portugal, bem como a empresários nacionais que queiram internacionalizar os seus negócios através da Diáspora. Foi aprovado por Resolução do Conselho de Ministros no passado dia 23 de julho.

Os quatro grandes objetivos estratégicos do PNAID são: apoiar o regresso de portugueses e lusodescendentes; apoiar o investimento da Diáspora; promover a coesão territorial através do investimento no interior do país; promover o papel da Diáspora enquanto plataforma de internacionalização.

A implementação do PNAID assentará em quatro eixos de intervenção: Apoios e Incentivos; Facilitação; Informação e Divulgação; Promoção, Mobilização e Redes.

Leia aqui o comunicado de imprensa:

O Embaixador George E. Glass e a Embaixatriz Mary Glass completaram em 24 de agosto três anos em Portugal.

Parabéns !

Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant
The Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant, nestled on the ocean hillside of Goose Cove offers exquisite Portuguese dishes of seafood and prime meats.

Braga Portuguese Restaurant is located at 
24 Carter Lane Stonington, Maine 04681

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

Recommendations for traveling to the Azores

 Read the Guide in English or Portuguese.
Macau passa a fazer parte da Organização das Cidades Património Mundial

Macau aderiu na sexta-feira à Organização das Cidades do Património Mundial (OWHC), por ser um "símbolo de unidade e exemplo de fusão e coexistência da cultura Oriental e Ocidental".

Segundo o comunicado do Governo, foi realizada na sexta-feira a "Cerimónia de Afiliação da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau na OWHC" através de uma videoconferência. Durante a cerimónia, o presidente da OWHC e também presidente da Câmara de Cracóvia, na Polónia, Jacek Majchrowski afirmou que "Macau é um raro exemplo de um lugar onde, ao longo dos séculos, houve uma convergência estética, cultural, de arquitectura e de diferentes técnicas do Oriente e do Ocidente", segundo o comunicado.

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!

Join now! Until August 31st, 5% of all new memberships will go to meals for the elderly.

If 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!

Newsletter Archive

Read past issues of the LUSUS Newsletter at!lusus-newsletter/cbac 

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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
Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, Inc.
9255 Center Street, Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20110
Email:   PH: 202-466-4664   Web:
EIN: 52-1739459
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