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PALCUS Gala Program
Forum on Civic Participation and 
Book Presentation on 
Portuguese-American Politicians in California

PALCUS was founded on the principle that the Portuguese-American community needed to have a stronger, united voice at the national level to advocate for legislation and other issues that affected us as a group.  Encouraging citizenship, voting, civic participation and having Portuguese-Americans elected to political office at the local, state and federal levels has had a major impact on getting the Portuguese voice heard.  This forum explores these themes, what has been accomplished and what is still yet to be done.


A new book, "California's Portuguese Politicians", published by the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California in partnership with FLAD, will be featured and its author, Al Graves will be in attendance to discuss the book.


Saturday, November 2nd



3:30 PM - 4:30 PM           

Welcome                                                                                                           Fernando Rosa, PALCUS Chairman


Panel Discussion: Civic Engagement in the Portuguese Community of California

  • Miguel Vaz, Director of Culture & Art, Luso-American Foundation
  • Elmano Costa, Ph.D., Portuguese American Citizenship Project
  • Alvin Ray Graves, Ph.D. Author, "Portuguese Politicians in California-A Century of Legislative Service"
  • U.S. Congressman Jim Costa, (D, CA-16)
  • CA Assembly Member Kathleen Marie Vieira Honeycutt (1993-1994)
  • Moderator: Marie R. Fraley, Director, Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Book Presentation: "Portuguese-American Politicians in California - A Century of Legislative Service"

  • Introduction: Henrique Diniz, President, Portuguese Heritage Publications of California
  • Presentation: Alvin Ray Graves, Ph.D.,  Author
  • Book Signing and Sales

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to palcus@palcus.org.

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Also join us for the daytime excursion, and Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony in the evening!


Daytime Excursion

Saturday, November 2nd

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Tour of Cabrillo National Monument

Lunch at Gabardine in Point Loma

Tour of the San Salvador replica build site

Transportation provided via charter bus


Tickets are $50 Per Person

Purchase Tickets Online Here

Space is limited - RSVP Deadline Oct. 22nd! 


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Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony

Saturday, November 2nd

6:30 PM - Midnight 


Purchase Tickets Today!

Join us to honor your fellow Portuguese-Americans!

Founder's Award - Joe da Rosa, PALCUS Founder
Artistic Achievement Award- João de Brito, Painter and Sculptor
Business/Entrepreneurship Award- Cidália Luis Akbar and Natália Luis, M. Luis Construction Co.
Community Service Award- John C. Pinheiro, Azorean Heritage Maritime Society, Inc.
Corporate Community Service Award- TAP
Young Portuguese-American "Promessa" Award - Nathalie Pires, Fadista
Special Community Recognition Award - Cabrillo Festival Committee of San Diego 


The Leadership Awards Gala is the annual fundraiser for PALCUS. Your support provides critical financial support for PALCUS to carry out its mission to address domestic and international issues directly affecting the Portuguese-American community in the U.S. PALCUS serves our community through government relations efforts, promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments, and by advancing stronger political, business, and cultural ties between Portugal and the U.S.  PALCUS looks to the future by providing internships and scholarships for Portuguese-American students.

For further information, please contact:

Elisabete Martins at PALCUS

202.466.4664 or palcus@palcus.org