The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2009

Lecture on Portuguese-American Voting Trends in Massachusetts and California in the 2008 Elections

by James McGlinchey, national coordinator of the Portuguese American Citizenship Project (PACP)

Board of Trustees Room, Foster Administration Building (parking lot 6)
November 10, 2009 at 5 PM

VoteThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces a lecture by James McGlinchey, national coordinator of the Portuguese American Citizenship Project (PACP). The presentation—to be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 5 PM in the Board of Trustees Room, Foster Administration Building (parking lot 6)—will focus on voting patterns among younger Portuguese-American voters in Fall River, Massachusetts, and Stanislaus County, California, in the 2008 Presidential Primaries, State primaries and the Presidential Election itself. The presentation will further include a discussion of the benefits of effective representation and civic involvement, the mechanics of organizing non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaigns, including regular measurement of the effectiveness of these campaigns, in addition to an examination of voter turnout data over different elections and between differing age groups.

The Project’s activities, including the promotion of U.S. citizenship, the registration of citizens to vote and the conducting get-out-the-vote campaigns for local, state and federal elections, are sponsored by the Luso-American Foundation and the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores. The Project has collected an extensive statistical database of political participation which demonstrates the wide difference of voter turnout between age groups, between various organizations and between local, state and federal elections.

James McGlinchey—who worked in the American foreign service for over twenty years—has, for the last ten years, been the coordinator of PACP, a non-partisan, grass-roots organization dedicated to political organizing in the Portuguese-American community. PACP include 50 organizations in five states ranging from factory towns in Massachusetts, to inner city communities in New Jersey, to farming communities in the San Joaquin valley of California.

According to Prof. Frank F. Sousa, director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, “the innovative and pioneering work of the Portuguese-American Citizenship Project has contributed significantly to increasing participation in the American political process among the Portuguese in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, California, and Connecticut.”

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