Actor George Takei is supporting Rep. Colleen Hanabusa for U.S. Senate, he said in an email the Hanabusa campaign sent on Monday.
Takei said that he knows Hanabusa will “continue to fight hard for what’s right.” Here’s an excerpt from the email:
During my childhood, my family and I were interned in Rohwer prison camp in the swamps of southeast Arkansas and in Tule Lake in northern California because we looked like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.
Like my family, Colleen Hanabusa’s grandfathers were also sent to internment camps. Listening to her grandfathers’ stories about that experience inspired Colleen at an early age to end discrimination and fight for equality.
Takei is known for playing Sulu in the original Star Trek series and for advocating gay rights. He also supported Sen. Mazie Hirono in her Senate campaign.
As Civil Beat has previously reported, Takei was apparently friends with Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died last year and wanted Hanabusa to succeed him.