Portland's terrorism task force vote splits anti-hate coalition

Jo Ann Hardesty, shown shortly before her swearing-in, has made it clear that withdrawing the city from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is one of her priorities.

Some of the activists who supported the Portland City Council's resolution last week to condemn white nationalists are decidedly less enthusiastic as the council mulls whether to withdraw from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force this week.

The task force in Portland has at times played a prominent role combating white supremacist hate groups, and on paper still does — even as hate crimes in Portland and elsewhere are on the rise. Just last month, according to the Daily Astorian, an activist handed out fliers in Astoria entitled "The KKK Wants you!!!"