Friday Evening, June 10, 2022
MRFF IMPLORES SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO STOP DISCRIMINATORY DISCHARGE OF
MUSLIM AFRICAN-AMERICAN OFFICER
FALSELY ACCUSED OF BAD CONDUCT


The pernicious pattern and practice of discrimination against
those military members who are not of the preferred version of the Christian faith has resulted in not just one but TWO Muslim African-American Army First Lieutenants with previously exemplary records suddenly facing discharge from the Army —
and both of them ‘coincidentally’ at Fort Polk, Louisiana!

What are the odds of that?!
First Lieutenant Ize Alimi
U.S. Army 1LT Ize D. Alimi 
U.S. Army 1LT Ize D. Alimi is facing discharge from the Army on July 1, 2022 based solely on a single EOC (Equal Opportunity Complaint) by a Private First Class (PFC), who had been previously corrected by 1LT Alimi for failure to
give a greeting of the day and didn’t take the correction well, claiming that
Alimi made anti-LGBTQ remarks, despite sworn statements from a Second Lieutenant, a Specialist, and a Sergeant (who himself is an open member of the LGBTQ+ community), that the PFC's accusation is a lie. Based solely on the PFC's unfounded complaint, 1LT Alimi received an "unsatisfactory" OER
(Officer Evaluation Report) in 2019, despite glowing OERs both eight months
before and four months after, and being awarded the Army Achievement
Medal for “Exceptional achievement" during the same time period!
Excerpts from 1LT Alimi's "Discrimination Narrative," which is attached in full to MRFF's letter to the
Secretary of the Army that follows below

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

I, 1LT Ize Alimi has suffered discrimination and bias that has followed me through two commands over the previous years or so. I have been uniformly discouraged, harassed, and discriminated against because I am Muslim and an African national who’s skin color, and life experience do not comport with my white/American Born commander’s notions of the ideal Army officer. I do not look like them, talk like them and I have cultural mannerisms and religious beliefs that are different from what they find acceptable.

[...]

[A]t Fort Polk, I have been victim of harassment, false accusations (Blame for failure that didn't fall under my scope), lowered performance evaluation, retaliatory biased Leader Assessment of potential for Increased responsibility, retaliatory letter of reprimand, retaliatory refusal of transfer or reassignment, retaliatory change to duties or responsibilities, retaliatory denial of military training, retaliatory referral for mental evaluation, retaliatory corrective actions, retaliatory command-directed investigations (with false statements from fake and biased witnesses to fit a certain narrative) and the latest, retaliatory suspension and revocation of access to classified material.

MRFF's letter imploring Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth to intervene and stop the
racist, anti-Muslim action against 1LT Alimi

Friday, June 10, 2022
Joint Press Release from MRFF and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) calling on
Army Secretary Wormuth to protect 1LT Alimi
from racist, anti-Muslim discrimination

Friday, June 10, 2022
Email of gratitude to MRFF from 1LT Alimi

From: Ize Alimi
Sent: Thursday, June 9, 2022 3:47 PM
To: Mikey Weinstein <mikey@militaryreligiousfreedom.org>
Subject: Thank you to MRFF

Good afternoon Mikey and MRFF Team,

There are no words that can express my gratitude for the outstanding assistance that you provided. You went above and beyond what I was expecting. You had my back when no one believed in my story or cared enough to listen to me. For that my family and I are forever grateful. Because of the MRFF team's hard work and dedication, I have no doubt that soon or later justice will prevail. 

 May God bless the MRFF and its staff members. Thank you!

V/r

Ize Alimi

JUST ONE MONTH AGO! – Second Muslim
African-American 1LT MRFF client with previously exemplary record – also at Fort Polkalso
facing separation from the Army
MRFF's Many Past Efforts on Behalf of
Military Members of the Muslim Faith

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MRFF's Inbox
"Note of thanks"

Mr. Weinstein/MRFF,

I finally reached out to you with a serious concern once I realized that no one else had done so about this matter, and knowing that it was time to speak up. My only regret is that I didn’t contact you sooner! The burden of a year’s worth of worrying and indecisiveness was lifted within minutes by your immediate response and willingness to pursue a course of action. I had assumed that speaking up would be too complicated, stressful, and expensive. I was wrong on all counts. I am relieved, and I am grateful. With sincerest thanks,

(name withheld), 

Air Force veteran
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