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Special Announcement - PALCUS Launches New Podcast, PALITICUS
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
August 31, 2017
PALCUS Launches New Podcast
PALCUS (Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States) is pleased to announce the launch of its first-ever podcast, PALITICUS. This latest PALCUS initiative focuses on the aim to drive the conversation about important issues facing the Portuguese-American community and U.S. - Portugal relations, in addition to highlighting Portuguese-American officials. The bi-weekly podcast - hosted by Diniz Borges and Angela Simões - will bring together industry experts, lawmakers and political analysts to raise awareness about important issues and encourage more civic involvement and engagement by Portuguese-Americans. Guests already slated to participate in the initial episodes of the podcast schedule include: Congressmen Devin Nunes (CA) and Jim Costa (CA) as well as elected and appointed officials at the state and local levels of government in multiple states.
Enthusiastic about this new way of reaching the Portuguese-American community, PALCUS Chairwoman and co-host Angela Simões, commented: "In addition to this being a much-needed platform in our community to have important conversations with our leaders, I'm excited to see PALCUS utilizing the latest technology and communication tools to drive as much awareness as possible around the great work so many in our community are doing. I hope people enjoy the format and send us suggestions and questions!"
The importance of creating a forum for an active voice within the community is of the essence. "It is imperative that our Portuguese-American communities throughout the United States have a national podcast that allow Portuguese-Americans in public service to be heard. We have an array of Portuguese-Americans in public office, at various levels and it is time that we know their stories and how the community can be more proactive in the political world. As it has been said before in politics you either have a seat at the table or you are the menu" said PALCUS Director and co-host, Diniz Borges.
The podcast will be available for listening, free of charge, on the PALCUS website and in the monthly newsletter, as well as other listening platforms (including Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube).
The podcast can be accessed through : 
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A PALCUS (Portuguese -American Leadership Council of the United States), organização nacional nos Estados Unidos da América, tem o prazer de lançar o seu primeiro podcast, intitulado PALITICUS.  Esta última iniciativa da PALCUS tem por objetivo servir de plataforma para um diálogo nacional sobre assuntos pertinentes que afetam as nossas comunidades de origem portuguesa nos EUA, assim como as relações transatlânticas, e, simultaneamente, destacar entidades públicas nos EUA, de origem portuguesa, ou de outros grupos étnicos, mas eleitos por zonas com uma forte implementação portuguesa.  

O podcast bissemanal, moderado por Angela Simões e Diniz Borges, trará à ribalta líderes luso-descendentes do mundo da política, provenientes das diversas esferas a fim de debater-se assuntos importantes nas nossas comunidades, incluindo um maior envolvimento no mundo politico americano.  Uma amálgama de convidados já confirmou a sua presença no podcast PALITICUS, incluindo os congressistas luso-descendentes Devin Nunes e Jim Costa da Califórnia.  A primeira série incluirá luso-eleitos em cargos municipais, regionais, estaduais, nacionais, assim como peritos nas relações transatlânticas e luso-descendentes que trabalham em campanhas politicas ou representam organizações nacionais ou estaduais no mundo do serviço publico americano. 

A presidente da mesa diretiva da PALCUS, Angela Simões, mostra-se entusiasmada com esta nova iniciativa afirmando que: "para além de ser uma plataforma necessária na nossa comunidade, é imperativo que tenhamos estes diálogos importantes com os nossos líderes.  Estou extramente contente que a PALCUS está a utilizar estas novas formas de comunicação para destacar o magnífico trabalho que está a ser feito por muitos luso-eleitos em muitos estados da união americana.  Espero que o público disfrute do formato.  Queremos que este seja um projeto interativo e participativo, daí que ficamos à espera de comentários e sugestões. 

É mais do que sabido que a nossa comunidade de origem portuguesa nos Estados Unidos necessita de um fórum desta natureza.  "É imperativo que a nossa comunidade de origem portuguesa, espalhada pelos Estados Unidos, tenha um podcast nacional que permita que os nossos luso-eleitos, e todos quantos trabalham no mundo da politica americana, sejam ouvidos," afirmou Diniz Borges, comoderador e diretor da PALCUS, acrescentando: "temos uma multitude de entidades luso-eleitos, ou luso-descendentes nomeados e servindo em cargos políticos ou trabalhando no mundo da política e chegou o momento das suas vozes estórias serem contadas e de debatermos as formulas que poderemos usar para sermos mais ativos no mundo politico.  Tal como foi dito algures, na politica se não tivermos um lugar à mesa, faremos parte da ementa."

O podcast, a ser lançado na quinta-feira 31 de Agosto numa sessão social que a PALCUS promove na capital do estado da Califórnia, Sacramento, em colaboração com a recém-criada CPAC (Califórnia Portuguese-American Coalition) estará disponível gratuitamente na página da PALCUS ( ), na publicação eletrónica que a mesa organização publica todos os meses e através de várias plataformas como a iTunes, Soundcloud e Youtube. 
O nosso agradecimento pela publicação desta notícia.  Para mais informações podem contactar com a PALCUS através do e-mail

PALCUS is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. It was founded in 1991 by a group of successful, forward-thinking Portuguese-Americans with the purpose of providing a singular national voice that would advocate for the interests of Portuguese-Americans in the United States. At the center of their vision was to establish and maintain channels of communication between the government of the Republic of Portugal, via the Embassy of Portugal to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. congressional delegation representing Portuguese-American communities.

Now in its 26th year, PALCUS has been true to its founding principles and much more. Throughout its history, the organization has evolved and matured, guided by a dedicated all-volunteer board of directors representing Portuguese-American communities throughout the United States. PALCUS has worked consistently and tirelessly, weathering changes in political and economic climates, to create and expand its programs. Its activities and events are mission-driven to address the community's needs in the strategic areas of government affairs, international affairs, educational opportunities, Portuguese language and culture, community outreach and recognition of our community's success.
PALCUS is a member-supported organization that depends on membership dues for operational and program support. Nevertheless, membership is not required in order to benefit from our programs and advocacy initiatives. We are committed to serving all Portuguese-Americans in the United States who would benefit from our help. 

To learn more about PALCUS, visit

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Join us at the 21st Annual Leadership Awards Gala!
We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 23rd for our 21st Annual Leadership  Awards Gala. 

This year's Gala will be taking place at the Portuguese-American Community Center of Yonkers, New York. We are honored to announce that our Honorary Chair will be João Vale de Almeida, the Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations. 

Tickets may be purchased for $175 per person or $1600 per table. We request that you provide your RSVP by Friday, September 8th. 

Additional details can be found on our website
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Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2017. Also consider using your United Way donation to benefit your favorite national organization. Each tax- deductible donation will be much appreciated and will be acknowledged.

Muito obrigado!   Click here to donate today !  
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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 2016 or 2017 dues

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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 501(c)3 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 incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.

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