Friday, Oct. 2, is the deadline to register for Utah Issues 24th annual conference, "Putting People First."

The conference will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Central High School, 3031 S. 200 East. The conference is free, and lunch will be provided. Registration is required.The conference is intended to to give low- and middle-income Utahns the tools to help themselves, such as advocacy and community organizing. Twenty-nine workshops are scheduled on topics including health care, welfare reform and housing.

Last year, 700 people attended the annual conference.

Madeline Janis-Aparicio, executive director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a nonprofit agency that organizes economic justice in L.A.'s multi-billion economy.

In the past three years, Janis-Aparicio has provided training and assistance to living-wage coalitions in 20 cities nationwide.

Child care and travel assistance are available but participants must register.

To register or for further information, call 521-2035.