The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 29 Years!
PALCUS has Secured Recognition of Dia de Portugal, de Camões e Comunidades Portuguesas Holiday in a U.S. Census Publication!
As part of its initiative to Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census, PALCUS has been working with the Center for New Media & Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau, to ensure that the Dia de Portugal holiday is featured for the first time in its online publication, "Stats for Stories."

Visit this link to see the item featuring the celebration of Dia de Portugal:

"Stats for Stories" is published online several times per week providing links to timely story ideas highlighting the Census Bureau's newsworthy statistics that relate to current events, observances, holidays, and anniversaries. Many ethnic groups and their holidays are featured in these stories in addition to special observances such as Multiracial Heritage Week and National Dairy Month.

"As National Census Director of the Make Portuguese Count campaign, I regularly receive the Stats for Stories email and was struck by how many ethnic groups are featured. It bothered me that Portuguese holidays were never included," said Marie Fraley, PALCUS national census director. "Because of our strong working relationship with the Bureau's New York Regional Director, Jeff Behler, we were able to be heard about including an item to recognize Dia de Portugal in time for June 10th!"

"This is a great accomplishment for our community, and a big step towards establishing a national holiday recognizing Portugal Day in the United States," said Angela Costa Simoes, PALCUS chair of the board of directors. "We thank Jeff Behler and the Census Bureau for hearing our plea and giving our community the attention we deserve."

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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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