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Best Defense Against Predatory Lenders 

East Side Organizing Project

Thanks to rampant predatory lending and the politicians who sanction it, Cleveland now boasts the dubious distinction of having the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation. While the Statehouse has largely turned a blind eye to the epidemic, the East Side Organizing Project has risen to fill the void. With just two employees, ESOP has brought lenders to their knees by recruiting volunteers to picket the bankers' suburban homes, often donning shark costumes to make their point.

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