The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
October 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......
  • Have you completed the PALCUS INDEX NATIONAL SURVEY yet?
  • The NEW Make Portuguese Count Promotional Video with updated information has been released! 
  • PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE
  • PALITICUS New Episode: NationalConference2018 - Bernardo Goarmon
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: API Names Paul G. Afonso Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
  • Donating to PALCUS is now easier than ever! 
  • PALCUS in the news:
    • Gala PALCUS celebra talento Luso-Americano
    • Interview with Angela Costa Simoes,  PALCUS Chair for Tribuna Portuguesa
Embassy Row
  • IV Meeting of Portuguese Diaspora's Investors 
  • 41st United States - Portugal Standing Bilateral Commission
Gateway Featured Business
  • Jeremiah Bakes
Community News:
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
The NEW Make Portuguese Count™ Promotional Video with updated information has been released! Please share!

PALCUS has established the first National Complete Count Committee with the U.S. Census Bureau to mobilize Portuguese-Americans to be counted in the 2020 Census. The Make Portuguese Count campaign has signed on over 60 captains and 170 organizations to help spread the word! All individuals, clubs and organizations are urged to join us in working together in solidarity to unite our community in this national campaign. If you want to be heard, join us! April 2020 is our chance to be counted as a community so that our voice is heard! We are Portuguese and we count! Let's all work together to  #MakePortugueseCount in the 2020 Census! Like, share and visit for more information.

The Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign is made possible by the generosity and support of  Lunaer - Media, Branding and StrategyMinistério dos Negócios Estrangeiros de PortugalFundação Luso-Americana, and the Regional Government of the Azores ( Direção Regional das Comunidades)

 New PALCUS Make Portuguese Count Video
New Make Portuguese Count Video

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE

Meet the faces of the next phase of the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign!

(L-R) Mikel Santos, Emily 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 Farmringville), an affiliate of NYPALC.

PALCUS is proud to introduce the three Portuguese-American young adults who depict pride in and enthusiasm for promoting their culture. They will provide the inspiration for the next phase of the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign. Here's a little more about these bright, young Portuguese Americans:

Mikel Santos: Mikel's family hails from Leiria and Lisbon, Portugal. He is currently an 11th grade student at Patchogue Medford High School and plays soccer on his high school varsity team and for Susa Academy. He speaks and reads Portuguese fluently, and chooses to celebrate his Portuguese culture by dancing in the Rancho Aldeias de Portugal and by participating as a member of the NYPALC Youth Council.

Emily Portal: Emily's family is from Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal. Emily is studying  at Stony Brook University on the Pre-Med track majoring in Biology and Psychology. Her activities include performing with the Rancho Aldeias de Portugal and playing collegiate level women's tennis.

John Santos and his family are from Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. John is currently studying Technological Systems Management at Stony Brook University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He celebrates his Portuguese heritage by dancing in the Rancho Aldeias de Portugal.

Watch for them on all new pamphlets, flyers and posters this fall as we call the community to action to:

Pledge to Write "Portuguese" in the 2020 Census!

The PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census is gaining momentum!
With over 175 registered Affiliated Organizations and 60 Captains committed nationwide, the word is out that Portuguese can and will be counted in the 2020 Census. To see them all, visit: 

Thanks to our tireless Captains, the  message has been shared throughout the Portuguese communities at over 101 events to date, such as Viva Portugal!, Festas do Divino Espírito Santo, Dia de Portugal parades, festivals, picnics and flag raisings from coast to coast.

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
Make Portuguese Count™ is made possible with the 
generous support of:

PALITICUS New Episode: 

NationalConference2018 - Bernardo Goarmon

This is the first in a series of PALITICUS episodes in video forma recorded at the Inaugural Portuguese American National Conference in Washington, DC.! Today's episode features Bernardo Goarmon of EDP Renewables and the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce.

PALITICUS - NationalConference2018 - Bernardo Goarmon
PALITICUS - NationalConference2018 - Bernardo Goarmon

API Names Paul G. Afonso Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Paul G. Afonso

The American Petroleum Institute has named Paul G. Afonso as its new vice president and chief legal officer. Afonso is a partner and currently serves as co-practice leader of the energy, utilities and environmental group at Brown Rudnick in Boston.

"Paul comes to API with deep energy, legislative, and regulatory experience, and we are lucky to have him, said Mike Sommers, API president and CEO. "Paul's background in both the public and private sectors is a perfect fit for our association, which sits at the intersection of the two. His leadership will add substantial value to an already first-rate legal team here at API, and I'm thrilled to welcome him aboard." 

Congratulations Paul!

Donating to PALCUS is now EASIER than ever!

Have you heard of or used Zelle? Zelle lets you send money with just a few taps on your mobile phone. Even better, you probably already have it in your mobile banking app-no additional download necessary. 

To send a donation for any of our programs, buy tickets or pay for membership dues, use Zelle by sending your payment to

Thank you to our friends at Luso-Americano Newspaper, The Portuguese Tribune and SIC for the coverage of the 2019 PALCUS Gala.

A 23.ª Gala Anual dos Prémios de Liderança realiza-se no dia 12 de outubro, no centro de eventos do Casino Elks Tower, em Sacramento, na Califórnia. O congressista Jim Costa será o orador principal no dia da gala.

Organizada há 23 anos pelo PALCUS - Conselho de Liderança Luso-Americano dos Estados Unidos - a Gala Prémios de Liderança deste ano vai homenagear 14 individualidades, incluindo empresas, organizações e celebridades internacionais. A gala realiza-se no dia 12 de outubro, mas as festividades decorrem durante todo o fim-de-semana e incluem uma receção de boas-vindas na sexta-feira, 11 de outubro, e uma prova de vinhos no domingo, 13 de outubro.

"I really hope others will understand how important it is for us to have an organization like this."

Several people still ask, what is PALCUS? Tell us about the organization and why it exists.
PALCUS was founded in 1991 with the main goal of giving a voice to the Portugese community at a national level and on Capitol Hill. It's important for us to have a voice at this level because it we need to drive awareness of our needs at this level. One of PALCUS' initial efforts was to work on a tax treaty between Portugal and the United States working with US House Representative, Richard Combo. The benefits it drove were that if you had property or business in Portugal, you were only taxed once, whereas before you were in jeopardy of being taxed in both countries. Another initiative driven by PALCUS was the visa waiver program. People traveling from Portugal to the US for visits, weddings, or other reasons would not need to pay for an entry visa to the US. Over the years PALCUS expanded its mission to include goals around fostering Portuguese culture, education and business initiatives. PALCUS does advocacy work. It is not a lobbying entity sine our non-profit status prohibits us from such activities. PALCUS doesn't drive legislation, but it works with groups in the Congress and Senate to ensure our representatives know about issues important to us: teaching the Portuguese language and keeping good relations between Portugal and the United States. This also includes items like the US census. Recently, we began offering scholarships, internships, and partnering with other institutions to help with study abroad programs or just providing opportunities to deserving young people. PALCUS is continuously engaging with the business community, launching networking events, mixers and bringing people together.


IV Meeting of Portuguese Diaspora's Investors

The IV Meeting of Portuguese Diaspora's Investors will take place at Viseu, Portugal, on 12-14 December 2019.
The event is organized jointly by the Secretaria de Estado das Comunidades Portuguesas, through the Gabinete de Apoio ao Investidor da Diáspora, and the Intermunicipality of Viseu, Dão e Lafões.
A program will be available as soon as possible on the Portuguese Community's website at
To attend the meeting please send an email to
41st United States - Portugal Standing Bilateral Commission

The United States - Portugal Standing Bilateral Commission (SBC) held its 41st session on September 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C., to discuss developments in the bilateral relationship and to explore opportunities to renew and further strengthen the capacity of this longstanding Transatlantic partnership to address critical matters of mutual concern in the international community. The group observed a moment of silence to remember the victims of terrorism.

Follow the US Embassy in Portugal on Facebook! 
Embassy of Portugal in the U.S.

Are you connected with the Embassy of Portugal in the US?  Sign up for their newsletter on their website, or follow them on social media.


Jeremiah Bakes of Sacramento, California

Called a "master of his craft ," by pastry chef Johnny Iuzinni Jeremiah Duarte Bills is a baker, a musician and an ambassador for all things Portuguese. 

Growing up in a dessert-obsessed family in Loomis, CA, he began baking in college as a way to connect to his Portuguese heritage. In 2016, he appeared on ABC's The Great American Baking Show where Mary Berry called his bakes "a perfect example ," "a masterpiece of work ," and of his Portuguese sausage and cheese dinner rolls, "This is my lunch, thank you very much ." This experience connected him to people all over the world hungry to learn about Portuguese dessert recipes. 

Currently, he teaches Portuguese pastry classes, gives the occasional pop up and is the cohost of the baking podcast  FLOUR HOUR .
To learn more about Jeremiah Bakes ,  visit his  Website or Facebook .
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway  online.

Congratulations to our friends at TXPALC for earning a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency


Plano de formação de professores de português da Coordenação do Ensino de Português nos EUA (CEPE-EUA) com apoio do Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P. e ainda com o apoio da Porto Editora, da LIDEL, do Rhode Island College/Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, da Rhode Island Foreign Language Association, da Discovery Language Academy School/DeMello Inte rnational Center (New Bedford), das Escolas Portuguesas Comunitárias e Escolas Públicas e da rede diplomática e consular nos EUA.
Todas as sessões são gratuitas e abertas a todos os professores e profissionais de PLNM/PLE, PL2 e PLH.

Portugal Tech Summit in San Francisco by AICEP - Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency
Organized by AICEP, the event aimed to promote a more innovative, technological and dynamic Portugal and attract investors to Portuguese companies.

A AICEP - Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal organizou em 18 de setembro o evento Portugal Tech Summit em São Francisco, Califórnia, com o objetivo de promover o país como destino tecnológico e atrair investidores.

O seminário teve a participação de alguns elementos da diáspora portuguesa em Silicon Valley, com o CEO da Feedzai, Nuno Sebastião, a participar num painel ao lado de representantes da App Annie e da Anchorage. Haverá também uma discussão sobre as oportunidades de investimento entre Silicon Valley e Portugal com a presença de Nuno Gonçalves Pedro, fundador da Strive Capital, e Marco Fernandes, presidente da PME Investimentos e gestor do fundo 200M.
Portuguese Beyond Borders Lecture

Rita Faden, president of the  Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) presented a talk on "Portugal, the European Union and the Transatlantic Relations" on October14 at the  Fresno State for the Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute lecture series
Faden has had a long career in administering Portugal's foreign affairs, European affairs, justice, as well as security and defense. The lecture focused on the role of Portugal in the European and the importance of transatlantic relations.

Portuguese textile artist Vanessa Barragão's latest artwork "The Botanical Tapestry" is installed at London Heathrow. The tapestry was developed to celebrate a partnership between Heathrow and Kew Gardens.  
The artwork is 100% handmade, using ancestral techniques. Barragão says the three-dimensional world map uses "8kg of jute and cotton and 42kg of recycled wool, and measures 600x200cm." 
To create the textile artpiece, Barragão employed the techniques of her ancestors using jute, cotton and wool materials. To increase environmental awareness, Barragão also inserted into the tapestry map areas where threatened species reside. This project took Barragão over three weeks in total to complete.
In her own words, "All the colors present in our continents and oceans and some threatened species like the coral reefs and some plants around the world are represented in the tapestry, an absolutely magnificent handwoven world map."
Her art focuses on utilizing artisanal techniques by re-using discarded yarn from textile factories, in order to fashion the material into fine art and interior design products, turning recycled material into unique and luxurious sculptural carpets, rugs and tapestries for floors and walls.
Born in the town of Albufeira, southern Portugal, at an early age Barragão developed her love and interest for the arts and the ocean. She receive a master's degree in Fashion and Textile Art at Lisbon University where she exhibited her first wool yarn collection (from recycled materials) and created the ecological artisanal process for her  tapestries . 
Settled in Porto city, where the textile industry core is based, her time is divided between collaborating as a textile designer for a local artisanal rug factory and running her own art studio.

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!

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! 

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 2018 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:
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