Anti-death-penalty activists from around the Western United States will gather in Salt Lake City April 28-30 for the Western Regional Conference of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

On April 28, a presentation on murder victims' families and the death penalty will be made by Camille Bell, the mother of a 9-year-old child killed during the 1979 Atlanta child murders. She is assistant director of SOLACE, a national organization of murder victims' families opposed to the death penalty.On April 29, John G. Healy, executive director of Amnesty International USA, will deliver the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. His address, entitled "The Death Penalty as a Human Rights Abuse," is open to the public.

All events associated with the conference will be held at the Salt Lake Community High School, 233 W. Second North.

Conference workshops will focus on death row visitation and advocacy, media coverage of the death penalty, voluntary executions and the issue of blood atonement and the death penalty. There will also be a series of courses on how to participate in the legal process.