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Pat's Personal Portraits: The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona

PHOENIX - The ACLU of Arizona stopped by to talk about what the organization does and what it tries to accomplish.

Alessandra Soler, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona told me about the ACLU and what it's all about.

"The ACLU is a non-profit civil rights organization that defends everyone's rights. We defend the principles and the values that are outlined in the Bill of Rights," Soler said.

I also asked Soler about illegal immigration.

Soler explained that back in the day, one of the goals of the non-profit was to help European immigrants who were being kicked out based on their political affiliations.

When I asked her if this means she was defending immigrants who cross illegally into the country, she said she was defending everyone's rights to fairness.

"What we're saying is that our immigration laws have to treat people fairly and humanely," she said. "Many people are coming into this country because they are seeking better lives for themselves and they come to work."

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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