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Working Today for Our Community's Tomorrow

The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS    

Thanksgiving Day wishes from PALCUS




Portuguese Americans have much for which to be thankful in this great nation. We are thankful for the opportunity and freedom to pursue our dreams, for those who sacrifice to ensure our freedom and for the blessings of abundance that our labors bring. Most of all, we are grateful to our ancestors who had the vision to recognize the opportunities to be found here and the courage to leave their beloved homeland of Portugal in order to build a better future for their children and grandchildren in the United States.


During this very American holiday of grateful reflection, PALCUS would like to pause to express our thanks to all those who have helped us in fulfilling our mission this year.  PALCUS is grateful to all our friends, colleagues and donors at home and abroad who support us with their enthusiasm and participation as well as financial contributions. We are grateful to all our members that have joined us in working towards advancing the Portuguese American community professionally, politically and culturally.


Thanks to your support, PALCUS has been able to advocate for our community for 21 years by providing internships for our youth, strengthening ties between the U.S. and Portugal, advocating for consular services with the US Department of State, and maintaining communication with the United States Congress. You have helped us to launch our first national scholarship program for Portuguese-American college students, to support the teaching of Portuguese in the U.S. and to open a new mentoring initiative just to name a few new programs. Your support helps us to honor our outstanding community leaders year after year at the annual Leadership Awards Gala. Thank you for believing in our cause and for your good will.


The PALCUS Board of Directors and Staff wish you and yours a Thanksgiving Day of contentment and comfort surrounded by the warmth of family and friends.  May you continue to enjoy the blessings of this nation and the fellowship of our rich community in good health and peace.


Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Feliz Dia de Ação de Graças!

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Website: www.palcus.org

Phone: 202-466-4664


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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 © 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 advance 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.