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

  • Congressman Doug LaMalfa joins the Portuguese American Caucus 
  • PALCUS National Scholarship Applications NOW OPEN!
  • PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE
  • PALCUS News: PALCUS Director Marie Fraley chosen as Grand Marshal of RI Day of Portugal 2020 Parade
  • Have you completed the PALCUS INDEX NATIONAL SURVEY yet?  
  • PALITICUS New Episode: Senator Jessica de la Cruz
  • #SupportPortugueseBusiness Campaign
Embassy Row
  • Embassy of Portugal in Washington DC: SUSPENSION OF CONSULAR SERVICES
  • Embaixada dos EUA em Portugal: Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran
Gateway Featured Business
  •  Rooster Camisa 
Community News:
  • Book Launch: Smiling in the Darkness
  • MAPS Announces Organization's "Builders" to be Recognized at 50th Anniversary Gala - Postponed to September 19th, 2020
  • Rhode Island College 2020 Summer Portuguese Courses ONLINE

Congressman Doug LaMalfa joins the Portuguese American Caucus 

PALCUS is excited to announce that Congressman Doug LaMalfa  (R, CA-1) is the newest member of the Portuguese American Caucus in the House of Representatives.
Congressman LaMalfa represents California's 1st Congressional District, which is home to more than 13,500  Portuguese according to the last American Community Survey.
Welcome, Congressman LaMalfa!
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!
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 August 14, 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
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 has already started!  
Be ready with your lessons easily 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:

PALCUS NEWS: PALCUS Director Marie Fraley chosen as Grand Marshal of 2020 RI Day of Portugal Parade 

RI Day of Portugal has selected Marie Fraley as the Grand Marshall of the 2020 Parade. She is recognized as a key cornerstone of our community and for all that she has done and continues to do for the love of the Portuguese community, culture, and history.

Congratulations Marie. Well deserved!!

Have you completed the  

We need to hear from you!

This survey will help us gain a better understanding of our Portuguese-American communities in order to serve you better. In this survey, people who reside in the United States and are Portuguese or of Portuguese descent are asked to complete a short questionnaire that asks about their demographic and socioeconomic characteris tics as well as their community concerns.
  • It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. 
  • Your participation in this study is completely voluntary
  • Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate for statistics only..

Dulce Maria Scott, Ph.D.
Many thanks to  
Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, 
Anderson University 
and PALCUS Research Consultant 
for her work  in the design, analysis and reporting of the 
PALCUS Index National Survey (2017, 2019).

To see the results of the first PALCUS Index Survey, visit
PALITICUS New Episode: Senator Jessica de la Cruz

Senator Jessica de la Cruz is the State Senator for District 23. De la Cruz is a lifelong Rhode Island native and first-generation American born to Portuguese immigrants. She tells us what motivated her to run for State Senate and her hopes for the future.

PAILITICUS - Ep. 024 - Sen. Jessica de la Cruz
PAILITICUS - Ep. 024 - Sen. Jessica de la Cruz

#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



In an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Federal Administration, and authorities in affected States have implemented strong measures aimed at restricting gatherings, movement of people and the normal delivery of services.

Given this situation and having as its first concern the protection of users, employees, and their families, the Secretariat of State of the Portuguese Communities, with the agreement of the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, D.C., authorized the temporary suspension of services to the public of the Consular network of Portugal in the United States of America until further notice.

The closure is effective as of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, and therefore all existing appointments are canceled.

As soon as it proves possible to ensure the service to the public again, the existing appointments will be rescheduled.

While the consular posts are closed to the public, they will only handle cases in person when they are duly documented emergencies This should be flagged in emails sent to consular posts or the Consular Emergency Office.

Emergency situations are limited to the issuing of Single Travel Permit (Título de viagem Único) or temporary passport, or support in consequence of serious cases of road accidents or the like, that may require transfer of mortal remains (in which relevant documentation has to be issued).

Issuing travel or identification documents and their delivery, acts of civil registration, and notary services are not considered emergencies in view of the widespread confinement in place.

We kindly ask for your understanding, bearing in mind that the only purpose of this measure is to protect the wider community.

Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran

In order to help prevent the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a  Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (listed below), China, and Iran.
Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:
  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.
"While the overall risk of serious infection from the coronavirus to the general public remains low at this time, the Trump administration is taking these aggressive measures to keep the risk low, requiring all Americans returning from affected areas in Europe to be funneled through 13 airports for screening upon their return to the U.S.," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "To minimize disruptions to travelers, TSA, CBP, and air carriers are working to identify qualifying passengers before their scheduled flights. These passengers will be rerouted to one of the 13 airports by their airline at no cost to them."
Wolf continued: "I understand this new process will be disruptive to some travelers, however this action is needed to protect the general public from further exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Once back in the U.S. it is imperative that individuals honor self-quarantine directives to help protect their loved-ones and communities."
President Trump determined that the potential for widespread transmission of the coronavirus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States threatens the security of the homeland.  Therefore, the Department is taking action in furtherance of the public health interests advanced by the March 11th presidential proclamation which suspends entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries, China and Iran at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled travel to the U.S. 
These European countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This Presidential Proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, nor their family members under the age of 21, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation. Nor does it apply to cargo and economic shipping.
Rooster Camisa of California

Rooster Camisa is focused on making products with some key fundamentals: honesty, integrity, trust and honor.
They are proud of our culture and feel it's the right time to put some products in the market that are geared towards those hard working Portuguese people we all know and love.

To learn more about Rooster Camisa,  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.
Book Launch: Similing in the Darkness
Tagus Press, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, announces the publication of  Smiling in the  Darkness   by  Adelaide Freitas, translated by Katharine F. Baker and with a foreword by João de Melo.  

Many people of Portuguese descent take pride in claiming that the word "saudade" is untranslatable.  In reality, we  come close with a melding of bittersweet nostalgia, bone-deep longing, and an endless yearning for what one can never have again-or indeed may never have had. Adelaide Freitas dipped her pen in  saudade   to  tell of family separation and bonds that never loosen. In her authentic  Azorean  voice, she recounts the immigrant experience and centrifugal impulses that force people apart in spite of their desperation to cling to one another. In their sensitive rendering, the translators have captured the nuances of Freitas's novel  Smiling in the Darkness,  with special care for those who have her native language in their heritage and heartfelt  saudade  for its loss.   

Adelaide Freitas (1949-2018) was a celebrated author of prose and poetry, and a professor at the University of the Azores. In 2018, Freitas was honored by the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores with the Insígnia Autonómica de Reconhecimento (Commendation of Recognition).  

João de Melo  is the author of over twenty books, including Happy People in Tears , which won multiple literary awards in Portugal.  

Smiling in the Darkness  was translated by Katharine F. Baker with Bobby J. Chamberlain, Reinaldo F. Silva, and Emanuel Melo. 

Smiling in the Darkness  is volume 3 of the Bellis Azorica Series, edited by Onésimo T. Almeida (Brown University) and Mario Pereira (UMass Dartmouth). 

To purchase Smiling in the Darkness , please visit the University of Massachusetts Press website by clicking  here .  The book can also be purchased on Amazon by clicking  here.  
For more information, please contact Mario Pereira, Executive Editor, at

MAPS Announces Organization's "Builders" to be Recognized at 50th Anniversary Gala - Postponed to September 19th, 2020

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020 with a special fundraising gala in April which will highlight the health and social services organization's rich history by honoring a group of more than 50 individuals who were instrumental in its creation, development and expansion. The black-tie, entertainment-filled event will take place at the Boston Marriott Hotel in Cambridge on April 25, 2020, and will also highlight some of MAPS' main achievements ever the past half-century, divided by decade.

RIC 2020 Summer Portuguese Courses

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
Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, Inc.
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