In the 1960s, conditions for Mexican Americans and other Latinos in the United States were bleak. Latinos experienced high unemployment, poor housing, a 50% drop out rate at high schools where speaking Spanish was prohibited, and a legal system that victimized Latinos. In response to decades of such treatment, Mexican Americans responded with a massive Chicano Civil Rights Movement which brought about sweeping social, legal and societal changes that continues to benefit all Latinos to this day. In 2009, community activists who had been a part of el movimiento met in Dallas, Texas to celebrate 40 years of struggle and reflect on the many gains made by the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Latinopia was there to record the event.