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Dear PoPville – Do the Producers of this Provocative TENAC Sign really Represent ALL DC Tenants?

by Prince Of Petworth February 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm 12 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

This sign is hanging at a well trafficked bus stop right in front of the Potomac Ave metro on Pennsylvania Ave, SE. Whether or not you agree with the message, I find the group that posted it interesting. From what I know, TENAC typically & primarily deals with tenants rights in DC; this seems to be a departure from their stated message/purpose. The statement at the bottom, “representing all DC tenants,” certainly gives the impression of much weight behind the sentiment.

I haven’t been a renter for quite a few years & find myself wondering if this group really does have the support & voice of tenants? Is TENAC changing its focus?”

Their mission statement says:

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 (202-628-3688), 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.

The sign, if it is indeed TENAC approved, is certainly an interesting departure from that mission…

  • Alex

    From the times I’ve seen the signs being posted, I think TENAC is just a single neurotic old man. I don’t think its a real group.

    • Anonymous

      Yep. I never took their mt pleasant signs seriously–always thought it was just some delusional character with a copy machine and scotch tape…

  • gotryit

    Is there an equivalent of “don’t feed the trolls” for posted signs?

  • Anonymous

    I think it means that the group represent all DC tenants, not necessarily this specific message.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had the same reaction to TENAC’s screeds on various issues. I’m not even sure they represent most DC tenants on most rent/tenancy issues, let along on immigration, foreign affairs, and the numerous issues they spout randomly and sanctimoniously about.

  • Anon

    No. Hell no. For the love of God, no. In the name of all that is good and just in this world, no.

  • Playing the Hitler card = no credibility at all – ever.

  • Derek

    Hey TENAC – it was Franklin who said “those who would sacrifice liberty for security would end up with neither”. The actual quote is “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”. But don’t worry, its a quote people fuck up all the time. But you are still wrong, twice.

  • 17th Street

    As far as I am concerned, TENAC doesn’t even represent all DC tenants when it comes to tenants’ rights issues. They certainly do NOT represent all DC tenant when it comes to international affairs.
    No no no no no.

  • aa

    Yeah it’s one dude. DC could really use a real grassroots tenants rights group

  • Anonymous

    I completely agree with this cogent argument and will immediately begin my search to bring Barack Chamberlain to justice

  • Vered

    Rarely has it been so gratifying to read all the responses to a single post on this blog.

    Elsewhere today you list the best things about living in DC. PoP has to be one of them.


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