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

LUSUS Newsletter
New Edition of LUSUS to Highlight Portuguese Culture

Part of PALCUS' mission is to promote the Portuguese culture and those who are helping to keep it alive. We welcome input from anyone on people or groups to feature, as well as additional categories to include. 
Featured Folklore Group Coraçoes de Portugal Palm Coast, Florida

Coraçoes de Portugal Palm Coast, Florida is a Portuguese folk dancing group.
Like their Facebook page to view videos, their contact information, etc.:

The website to the cultural center they belong to is: 

Traditions / Customs
Annual Portugal Day Parade in Elizabeth, New Jersey

The website containing information about this annual event states that: “Every year, just minutes from NYC, we invite you to come to escape for a weekend get-away and visit Elizabeth, NJ, and experience one of the largest Portuguese Parades on the east coast and celebrate Portuguese traditions and culture with family-friendly events.”

Featured Fadista – Ilda Maria
Fado music, which comes from Portugal, captures the mournful emotions of lost love and life at sea. A Portuguese-born singer is bringing the traditional folk music to an American audience.

Ilda Maria was born in the Azores, the Portuguese islands where her father worked as a whaler. She quickly became immersed in California culture when her family relocated here, when she was two.

As a teenager, she discovered she had a formidable singing voice, and tried her hand at nearly every type of English-language music.”

For more information on Ilda Maria, read the article written about her:

Image obtained from:
Featured Photographers
– Everlasting Films + Photography

Everlasting Films + Photography is a company owned by a Portuguese couple, Mindy and Lou Fernandes.

On their Facebook page ( it states: “We are all unique, and so our photos and videos should be too! We are a photography and videography team passionately dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind, personalized experiences and products for every individual we have the privilege to work with.”

Visit their website:
Featured Restaurant
– Primavera Pub & Restaurant 
Primavera Pub & Restaurant is a bar and grill, located in Hartford, CT, known for its Portuguese cuisine.

Visit their Facebook page to view the menu, see the daily specials, etc.:
Featured Architect – Catarina Ferreira

“Catarina was born and raised in Portugal (more specifically the Azores islands) and moved to DC in 2005 after living and working in New York for almost 10 years and obtaining a degree in architecture from the prestigious Syracuse University School of Architecture in 1998. Her unique background starts with a childhood in remote islands where nature and architecture are dramatically juxtaposed at every corner, followed by extensive travel, giving her a global viewpoint. These early formative experiences, combined with a rigorous architectural education and several years practicing in New York and Washington, translate into a serious, fresh and elegant approach to architecture.”

For more information about Catarina Ferreira, visit:
Featured Graphic Designer
– John Mattos
“John Mattos has won “over 100 awards for graphic excellence from various graphic magazines and design organizations including a Gold Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators, Gold from the New York Art Director’s Club and Silver from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.”

View his website to see his contact information, portfolio, etc.:
Featured Fashion Designer
– Goretti Medeiros

“Goretti was born in Lincoln, CA, and grew up in Lincoln, San Jose & Mount Shasta before moving to Southern California. She’s the oldest of two kids in her immediate family, but has 30 first cousins and says some of them are like her siblings. Her parents both immigrated from the Açores island of Faial. While Goretti was born in the U.S. like many first-generation children of Açorean immigrants, she says she was raised with Portuguese customs and traditions. Goretti recalls learning to sew from her mother at a very young age as it was a skill her mother believed would always be useful in life; a belief that couldn’t be more true for Goretti.”

Visit the website:, where Goretti Medeiros sells clothing for Portuguese-Americans.
Featured Author – Larry Correia

Larry Correia is an American fantasy novelist, known for his Monster Hunter series and The Grimnoir Chronicles series. He has also published a military action series, Dead Six, with friend and author Mike Kupari. His works use strong magical themes and often include mythical monsters, such as vampires and werewolves. His stories are typically action-oriented and are noted for the detailed accuracy of firearms usage.”

For more information on Larry Correia, visit:
Featured Winery – Coelho Winery

On the winery’s website, it states, “It seems that everyone in Oregon makes wine. But very few of us are farmers who are intimately connected to the soil. And even fewer of us are all-in, hands-on, all day, every day at our wineries.
Our family name means “rabbit” in Portuguese and is pronounced simply “Quail Oh.” The rabbit logo on each of our wines symbolizes all we do in farming unique soil and creating honest bottles of wine that frame special moments for our customers.”

Visit their website to see images, contact information, etc.:
Featured Scientist – Gregg Gonsalves

“Gregg Gonsalves is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases as well as an Associate (Adjunct) Professor of Law and Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, co-director of the Yale Law School/Yale School of Public Health Global Health Justice Partnership and the Yale Law School/Yale School of Public Health/Yale Medical School Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency. His research focuses on the use of quantitative models for improving the response to epidemic diseases. For more than 30 years, he worked on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues with several organizations, including the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, the Treatment Action Group, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. He was also a fellow at the Open Society Foundations and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2011-2012. He is a 2011 graduate of Yale College and received his PhD from Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences/School of Public Health in 2017. He is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.”

For more information on Gregg Gonsalves, visit:
Featured Actress – Meredith Vieira

“Meredith Vieira was born on December 30, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Meredith Louise Vieira. She is a producer and actress, known for The Stepford Wives (2004), Get Him to the Greek (2010) and Shrek Forever After (2010). She has been married to Richard M. Cohen since June 14, 1986. They have three children.”

For more information on her, visit:

An article was written about her, in the LA Times, titled: “Q&A: Meredith Vieira on being a journalist and how it made her a better game show host”:
Featured Singer – Jorge Ferreira

Jorge Ferreira is a popular Portuguese-American singer.

Like his facebook page to see images of his albums, contact information, etc.:
If you would like to feature your artwork or written works in this newsletter, please send your bio, images and other information to

Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!

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! 

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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.
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
Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110