The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
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LUSUS Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
Special Edition: An Open Letter to the Portuguese-American Community from PALCUS
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An Open Letter to the Portuguese-American Community from PALCUS

Dear Fellow Portuguese-Americans,
Recent changes in the United States Government and its administration have created much uncertainty across our nation.  Clearly this uncertainty impacts the Portuguese-American community to the same, if not a greater degree, than other ethnic communities.
The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) would like to assure all those that we serve that we continue to stand ready to support our community as we have done for over 25 years.  PALCUS is a non-profit organization that works for Portuguese-American interests in a non-partisan manner.  That means that we do not and will not endorse or campaign for any political candidate or agenda but will work to educate any elected or appointed official, regardless of political party, who champions the interests of Portuguese-Americans. Some of these examples include the areas of dual taxation, visa waivers, and Portuguese education programs, to name a few.
As "your voice in Washington, D.C.", PALCUS initiated the creation of the Portuguese-American Caucus established in 1995 with 38 congressmen founded by Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (RI1-D) and co-chaired with Congressman Richard Pombo (CA11-R). Today it is co-chaired by Congressmen David Cicilline (D-RI 1), Jim Costa (D-CA 16), David G. Valadão (R-CA 21) and Lee M. Zeldin (R-NY 1).  Its counterpart in the Senate, Friends of Portugal in the Senate, is co-chaired by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA).  PALCUS is able to dialogue with members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, in your interest without regard to political party.
PALCUS urges all Portuguese-Americans to exercise their civic rights by expressing their needs and opinions by directly connecting with your respective senators and representatives.  PALCUS has made these representatives keenly aware of the importance of the contributions and political voice of Portuguese-Americans.  Do not hesitate to identify yourself as their constituent with a voice to be heard.
To find your Representative, go to:
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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.

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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 2015 or 2016 dues

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Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110
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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