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."