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PALCUS in Action: PALCUS Launches National U.S. Census Campaign
"Make Portuguese Count"
May 18, 2018
Make Portuguese Count! 
PALCUS Launches National Campaign for 2020 Census

PALCUS is launching a national campaign for Portuguese-American participation in the 2020 U.S. Census under the tagline "Make Portuguese Count!"  PALCUS has been working with U.S. Census national and regional offices and Complete Count Committees in the Portuguese-American communities across the country to promote Portuguese-American participation in the upcoming decennial census.

Providence County Test: Through Rhode Island PALCUS Director, Marie Fraley, we have advocated for participation in the only 2018 U.S. Census End-to-End Test in the nation in Providence County, RI still in progress. Census workers are now following up with home visits for those who did not fill out the form online or via email or by phone.

PALCUS' outreach to the local community to encourage filling out the End-to-End Census Test form was accomplished through community meetings, social media blasts, bilingual letters to parishes and organizations and radio and TV interviews.  This will serve to create a template for the national campaign for the 2020 Census.

Update: On March 31st, the proposed 2020 Census questionnaire was submitted to Congress for revision and approval.  Once approved, we will know for certain how the Race/Ethnicity Question will be framed and be able to advise Portuguese-Americans how best to respond to ensure that we are counted in full.

Why is this important?  Because there is no specific option or line for "Portuguese" under Race/Ethnicity, Portuguese-Americans have not been aware that they need to write in "Portuguese" to be counted as an ethnic group. Therefore, we are likely to be under-counted in the U.S. Census and that means that our strength as a community is under-represented and under-valued.

What is the impact? PALCUS works with members of the Portuguese-American Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Friends of Portugal in the U.S. Senate to increase caucus membership in states and districts of high Portuguese population. We cannot make this case unless Portuguese-Americans are counted in the census where our numbers are published. Important issues such as the Visa Waiver Program, Dual Taxation and the future of the Lajes Air Base in Terceira, Azores are addressed by the congressional caucuses.

Locally, community funding and the U.S. Congressional districts are determined by the decennial U.S. Census and may affect representation of Portuguese-Americans in Congress.

Call to Action:  PALCUS is proposing that all interested Portuguese-American civic, social and faith organizations work with us to establish a unified plan of action and message for our national effort.  Please contact us at Email: or Phone: 202-466-4664 if your organization wishes to participate.

Talk with us at the Inaugural National Portuguese-American Conference:  Come to the National Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 23, 2018 to talk more about how we can work together to empower our national voice.  
For information and registration, visit: 


Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!
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! 

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Our 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 th e 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.

Paid advertisement. Does not imply an endorsement or recommendation by PALCUS.

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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