Around 40 residents of East Boston and neighboring communities gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wednesday to rally opposition to a proposed casino at Suffolk Downs.

Grassroots opposition to building a $1 billion resort-style casino at Suffolk Downs is becoming increasingly organized, with dozens of anti-casino residents of East Boston and neighboring communities uniting to share information and strategize.

Some area residents began vocally opposing a casino in their backyard long before lawmakers passed legislation last November to allow gaming in the Commonwealth, and their efforts have increased as the process of considering a resort casino for the site has moved forward.

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