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TENAC is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated exclusively to tenant interests, tenant rights, and support for rent control in the District of Columbia. We are the only city-wide tenants organization, and we represent all tenants in the District of Columbia.
As a legal successor to the Tenants' Organizations Political Action Committee (TOPAC), we have been serving tenants for almost 15 years. TENAC's mission is to assist tenants through education, legal information, and lobbying for tenant legislation- especially affordable housing and tenants' rights. TENAC prepares legislative proposals on behalf of tenants, and testifies frequently before the City Council on matters of vital interest to tenants. Of critical importance is TENAC's HOTLINE (202) 288-1921, which answers landlord/tenant questions, and TENAC's role in helping tenants to form tenant associations throughout the city.
TENAC believes that tenants in unorganized rental buildings are open for abuse by landlords, rental agents, and owners. We will not rest until we see a tenants' association in every rental building in the city.
For reasons best known to the Delphic Oracle, the D.C. Council has refused to vote or even schedule a vote on the nomination of Betty Noel, one of the finest public servants in this city’s history to the D.C. Public Service Commission. That oversight is as inexcusable as it is incomprehensible. In nominating Noel, the mayor struck a blow for the utmost in quality, excellence, integrity, commitment and service. In Betty Noel he found all of those qualities in abundance as well as a figure to rekindle hope and pride in his administration.
Dear Tenants and Friends,
Regrettably, we must cancel the March 7 TENAC Meeting, due to illness in the ranks, especially our Chairman Jim McGrath's orthopedic disability. He is facing back surgery, to take place at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, world renowned for lower back surgery, where Sen. Edward Kennedy's back was repaired, and plans to convalesce a while with his family there. Accordingly, there will be no TENAC Board Meeting on March 7, but we look forward to gathering with all of you again in May and also in the interim to push vigorously for the rent reforms that TENAC, with so many of our superb members, have helped outline before Councilmember Michael Brown. Councilmember Brown plans to introduce the legislation we hope and expect to have significant impact in crafting.
Due to circumstances beyond our control - - a flu epidemic which has stricken several of our top staffers and the orthopedic disabliity ofour chairman, Jim McGrath, who faces lower back surgery - - the 2012 TENAC Candidates Forum scheduled on March 7 is regrettably canceled.We are urging TENAC members to attend other forums and carefully monitor candidates positions on the vital issues of Rent Control, TenantsRights and Affordable Housing, and we look forward to positive results on all those issues in the responses and actions of the candidates.Best wishes, Sincerely, Jim McGrathChairmanTENAC
Free Jay Shankar! IT IS TIME TO REFORM IMMIGRATION LAW AND REPEAL MEAN-SPIRITED LAWS AND POLICIES THAT DESTROY COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS!
Come hear ACLU Director Johnny Barnes, D.C. Councilmembers and Others in Opposition to Unjust Immigration Laws like "Secure Communities." TENAC's Own Jay Shankar Will Tell His Story. Attend TENAC's Wed., Jan. 4th Meeting, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, NW. The meeting will also be an In Memoriam to Pearl Perry, TENAC Board Member, and Include a Discussion on Proposed Rent Control Reforms. Click for meeting agenda Free Jay Shankar! TENAC's Own is Emblem and Victim of Racial Profiling and Unjust Immigration Laws. Click for details and flyer
IN MEMORIAM - PEARL PERRY, TENAC Board Member. TENAC Memorial Meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, NW, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Reception to follow. All Invited.
It is with great regret we must announce the passing this month of one of our longest term TENAC board members, Pearl Perry. She will always be remembered for her hospitality and gracious manners, from her presiding at board meetings in Jim's absence to her tenant activism at Waterside Towers Apts. in Southwest D.C. Please click to see the In Memoriam piece written by TENAC Chairman Jim McGrath, which fittingly remembers her life and contribution to the tenant community in particular and to Southwest D.C. and the entire District in general.
THE ACLU AND TENAC ASKS YOU TO HELP FREE JAI SHANKAR, VICTIM OF RACIAL PROFILING AND DISCRIMINATORY IMMIGRATION LAWS!
Below is the latest American Civil Liberties (ACLU) e-newsletter. It justly decries the inhumane and discriminatory treatment committed against TENAC's own Jai Shankar, one of our finest volunteers, who has been the victim of racial profiling and unjust immigration laws. Jai is an emblem of all immigrants -- from Latinos and Asians to Indians and others -- who face possible deportation due to unjust laws and the fringe, hardened, mean-spirited politics that created them. In keeping with the spirit that unjust laws must be eradicated - - like slavery and segregation - - his case helped spur the District of Columbia to be the first jurisdiction in the country to refuse participation in the federal "Secure Communities" program. The program asks local police to report immigration illegals to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), though they have worked and paid taxes here for years, are law abiding and contributing members to the local community, are fine candidates for citizenship, and no matter what harm it does to immigrants, their families and the communities they serve.
PEPCO BULLYING MUST NOT PREVENT THE APPOINTMENT OF ELIZABETH NOEL TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC)!
The PSC, as well as most public bodies that have become beholden to private interests in these days of corporate greed, influence and power, is vastly overdue for reform! Elizabeth Noel represents the first step toward breaking up the hardened arteries of the fringe right, poisoned politics and the autocracy of the top one percent - - as Occupy Wall Street and Occupy D.C. so aptly phrase it. In the spirit of solidarity, and as the holiday season is upon us, it is fitting to say, Do Not Let the Pepco Grinch steal Noel from the people! Click for details
Built in 1872 and named after the abolitionist Charles Sumner, it was one of the first schools in the District for African-American children and the only museum/archive in D.C. dedicated to preserving the history of public education in the District. For details on the celebration and its contribution to D.C. past and present, click here
Pepco is playing politics with the PSC, upping the ante by attempting to add a new requirement, implying that appointed officials must meet some type of quota concerning recusal before they can be confirmed. They argue that because Noel has worked as consumer advocate in the area of utilities, she has taken part in "too many" cases to be impartial, or "too many" such cases would come before her. But careers - - and government agencies - - do not work in a vaccum; qualified officials develop expertise in certain areas, which, of natural course of events, will come before them if they are appointed as a regulator, administrator, or judge in that discipline. Or no one qualified could ever be appointed. Environmental regulatory agencies need attorneys or administrators with expertise in that field; energy agencies need the same, as do courts, which must draw upon the universe of attorneys. The standard practice is that judges, administrators, regulators or whatever official, simply recuse themselves when such cases come before them, when ethics or propriety require.
TO FEATURE ELIZABETH NOEL (NOMINEE TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION); MAYOR GRAY, MACKENZIE BARIS OF JOBS WITH JUSTICE AND OTHERS ON THE MAYOR'S "SANCTUARY" INITIATIVE, MAKING D.C. THE ONLY JURISDICTION TO REFUSE PARTICIPATION IN THE "SECURE COMMUNITIES" PROGRAM; SUMNER SCHOOL'S 25TH RESTORATION ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION; THE NORWOOD TENANTS' BUILDING PURCHASE, FINALLY AFTER A LONG FIGHT; THE PROBLEMS OF THE MORE RESTRICTIVE LIMITS ON TENANT REPRESENTATION; AND MORE! TENAC OPEN BOARD MEETING November 2, 2011! TIME TO CELEBRATE: