The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 27 Years!
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
Decem ber 2018 
Table of Contents

  • Merry Christmas from PALCUS
  • PALITICUS Podcast: Hon. Richard Pombo
  • 2020 Census Update Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign
  • End-of-Year Fundraising for Make Portuguese Count™ 
  • Nancy Rodrigues, PALCUS Member, joins VA CCC for 2020 Census. 
  • Portuguese Professionals' Mixer
  • Hora Quente: Interview with Sabrina Brum, PALCUS Intern
  • Upcoming Events
  • PALCUS Gateway Featured Business: Sagres Vacations
  • 'Maria's Portuguese Table' cooking series launches in January 
  • Congratulations to NYPALC President Isabelle Coelho-Marques
  • Portuguese Learning platform: Português Mais Perto
  • Universidade Católica Fellowships for Portuguese American Students
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco presents Law & Culture: Portugal
  • Database of collaborative journalism projects now available in Portuguese and Spanish 
  • Tell us your news!!

With warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year f rom the Board of Directors and Membership of PALCUS

Boas Festas!


Hon. Richard Pombo
PALITICUS Episode 18 - Richard Pombo

In our latest podcast, we talked to former Congressman Richard Pombo, who is a partner at Gavel Resources, a consulting and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.
He tells the story of going from a farming family in the Central Valley in California to City Council of Tracey and to running for Congress. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 and represented California's 11th District until January of 2007. While in Congress he became the Co-Founder of the Portuguese-American Caucus and helped implement the Visa Waiver Program and the Tax Treaty.
He also talks about the importance of running for elected positions at the local level and how these are the positions that have the most direct impact on people's daily lives. He encourages Portuguese-Americans to engage in local campaigns and to learn the election process. He also tells us a little about his current work at Gavel Resources.

2020 U.S. CENSUS UPDATE: Make Portuguese Count™

PALCUS is pleased to announce that the following organizations have registered as PALCUS Affiliated Organizations for the Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign:
PALCUS is calling on over 500 Portuguese-American civic, social and faith-based groups and organizations to join with us in establishing a nationwide network that will help us work together in mobilizing our community to be counted in 2020.

PALCUS will provide information, materials and support through a regional captain while the organization agrees to work with us to create a unified message and instructions for completing the 2020 Census questionnaire. Download the Guidelines

Join us and register your organization today.  It's simple and takes 5 minutes!

Questions?   Contact Gracielle Camilo at or call her 202-466-4664. .

View the Make Portuguese Count™ promotional video HERE.

End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign: Make Portuguese Count™

PALCUS is dedicating its end-of-year fundraising campaign to raise much needed funds for promotional materials for the 2020 Census. 

We are teaming up with Roundglass Rise, a no-cost online fundraising platform, to raise funds for the posters, flyers, promotional items and video production needed to get the worout to our community of more than 1.37 million (and counting).

Please remember us in your end-of-year giving plans to that we can Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 U.S. Census.*

Prefer to send a check?  Payable to PALCUS
Mail to:  PALCUS,  9255 Center St., Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20211 
Contact Gracielle Camilo at or call her 202-466-4664.


* PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the IRS Code.Your donation is tax deductible for 2018 to the extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

Nancy Rodrigues, PALCUS Member, invited to join VA CCC for 2020 Census.

Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Twenty Seven, establishing the Virginia Complete Count Commission for the 2020 Census. The Virginia Complete Count Commission was created to improve the participation and representation of all Virginians in the 2020 Census. The Commission will facilitate the sharing of ideas and community resources regarding the 2020 Census as well as serve as a conduit between the Commonwealth and the United States Census Bureau.

Read the press release here

Portuguese Professionals Mixer  
Hosted by CPAC in partnership with PFSA and PALCUS

The Portuguese Professionals' Mixer was held on November 30th at the Library of the Portuguese Fraternal Society of America (PFSA). It was a joint effort between PALCUS, the California Portuguese American Coalition (CPAC) and PFSA. It was a delightful evening connecting with the Portuguese-American community in the Bay Area of northern California. The Consul General of San Francisco, Maria João Cardoso Lopes, and the Mayor of Union City, Carol Dutra Vernacci were guest speakers.
Diniz Borges, CPAC President
Angela Simões, PALCUS Chairwoman
Maria João Cardoso Lopes, 
Consul General of Portugal to San Francisco (center)
Mayor of Union City, Carol Dutra Vernacci with PALCUS, CPAC and PFSA Members  in attendance

Interview: Sabrina Brum
The Portuguese Channel 
"Hora Quente": Ricardo Farias interviews Sabrina Brum, PALCUS sponsored SiPN summer intern 

Excellent interview with Sabrina Brum, PALCUS sponsored intern at the Ministerio Dos Negocios Estrangeiros in Lisbon. Sabrina is a Rhode Island College graduating senior (Dec '18) who spent two months in Lisbon during the summer of 2018 with the Study In Portugal Network / FLAD.



Congressional Reception and Meetings on the Hill
February 13, 2019
Washington, D.C. 

September 13-22, 2019
10 Days - 14 Meals
Optional 4 Night Madeira Island Post Tour Extension

  • $100 Discount for PALCUS members in good standing at time of booking (Associate and Charter Members)
  • Double: $3,899
  • Single: $4,699
  • Triple: $3,869
Contact Collette at 800-581-8942.  Refer to booking #914486

Contact Gracielle Camilo for the full brochure!
Proceeds to benefit PALCUS
PALCUS Gateway Featured Business -   Sagres Vacations 

T his month's feat ured business is Sagres Vacations of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Sagres features behind-the-scenes-access to authentic experiences, possible only by their extensive local destination knowledge. Their personalized itineraries include, cultural immersive experiences, including private wine-tasting at three hundred year old winery estates, culinary workshops with local chefs, Fado Dinner Show, traditional workshops of painting the "azulejo" or blue tile, Overnight stays at national historic landmarks, castles, palaces just to name a few.

Sagres Vacations can cater to your individual travel needs and create a successful program for your group, including incentives and corporate meetings. Based on your preferences, Sagres Vacations can customize a rewarding travel experience for you, your family and/or friends. Sagres Vacations has nearly 20 years of combined tour and travel experiences. 

Don't Just Travel "Experience It" with Sagres Vacations
To learn more about Sagres Vacations, 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.

"Maria's Portuguese Table" cooking series launches in January

Maria Lawton's new television show, "Maria's Portuguese Table," will begin airing on WSBE, Rhode Island's PBS station, starting on Jan. 4. In eight 30-minute episodes, Lawton takes viewers on a culinary tour that spans Providence, the Azores and California.

Read the article here
Congratulations to NYPALC President Isabelle Coelho-Marques inducted into the Portuguese Diaspora Council
"Conselho da Diaspora Portuguesa"

The Portuguese Diaspora Council is a non-profit private association, founded on December 26, 2012, with the high patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic. The main purpose of the association is to strengthen relations between Portugal and its diaspora, both the Portuguese and descendants, for the uplifting of the country's values and culture, image and reputation, towards the development and prosperity of Portugal. The main action instrument of the Portuguese Diaspora Council is the "World Portuguese Network" that involves an extended group of Portuguese individuals of proven influence and activity abroad who have distinguished themselves in their field of expertise, namely culture, citizenship, science and economics.
Ms. Coelho-Marques is the first member on the Portuguese Diaspora Council representing an organization of the diaspora.

Learn more about the Portuguese Diaspora Council and Their Work  HERE

Study Portuguese Anytime, Anywhere!
Learn Portuguese fast and easy!
The platform Português mais perto, which is a partnership between  Camões, I.P. and Porto Editora, has dozens of interactive lessons to teach the language, allowing the student to learn autonomously, or as a second option, the student will have the support of a tutor.
It has two possibilities: Portuguese Mother Tongue, for students who have studied in Portugal and have the goal to go back to school in Portugal, and Portuguese as Heritage Language, for students who have always studied abroad.
Learn more


The Universidade Católica Portuguesa offers 5 fellowships to Portuguese American students seeking undergraduate or Masters level degrees in any field of knowledge.

The CFPA Fellowships are merit based fellowships awarded to American students of Portuguese descent, who wish to seek a degree at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

The fellowship consists in a full tuition waiver tenable for 36 months for an undergraduate degree (48 months for a degree in Law), or for 24 months for a Master degree, provided the grantee keeps an excellent academic record.

The CFPA fellowship is worth up to 6.333€/academic year.
All remaining costs (housing, living expenses, traveling, health insurance, etc.) are the student's responsibility.
The fellowship is awarded to applicants for undergraduate degrees and M.A. and MSc degrees in every field of knowledge. 
Learn more
The Bar Association of San Francisco presents  Law & Culture: Portugal

April 26, 2019: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Taste of Lisbon and Northern Portugal April 26 -- May 1st or 3rd, 2019

After another successful excursion to Cuba in February, BASF is proud to announce another CLE Abroad experience in Portugal.

We invite you and your guest(s) to join our delegation for a journey through Portugal's Old World allure and New World splendor, exploring Lisbon and Northern Portugal's rich cultural delights, diverse wines, and vibrant culinary scenes.

Our immersive program will engage with local scholars, attorneys, musicians and artists offering poignant commentary on the Portuguese and EU legal and political systems, US-Portuguese relations, art, history, architecture, and religion.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to experience the heart of Portugal while receiving MCLE credit! Portugal has more to offer than what can be seen in a mere week and those who wish to extend their stays in Portugal or Europe beyond our program dates may certainly do so at their discretion.

Email for a copy of the brochure and more information.

Deadline to register: January 8, 2019

Database of collaborative journalism projects now available in Portuguese and Spanish
Journalists in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries can now access a database of collaborative journalism in their local languages. The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University in the United States translated the platform that lists projects born of cooperation between newsrooms so that more Latin American professionals can be inspired by their examples.   
Learn more

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 at the Inaugural Portuguese-American National Conference to build the social 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! 

More Ways to Give 

There are more ways than ever to donate to PALCUS!

Donate Now
Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2018. 
Does your employer have a matching funds program? Check with your Human Resources office to double your contribution.
PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

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Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship Service with 25% Discount

Portugal ReConnect is offering PALCUS members* a 25% discount on their service to obtain your Portuguese citizenship. If you didn't have a chance to watch PALCUS' webinar, "Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship: Benefits and Advantages" live, you can still watch it by following  this link. In the webinar, Portugal ReConnect's attorneys guide you through the criteria to help you find out whether you're eligible for the citizenship program.

*PALCUS Member in good standing, who has paid his/her 2017 or 2018 dues     page break

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.

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