Lauryn Cross is a Milwaukee activist. He is an organizer and member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), Milwaukee chapter. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While attending, he took courses focused on social inequality in America. He first got into organizing through attending political rallies and events, which led him to being introduced to the PSL. Christaan is a student of Black liberation history and theory, with his main influences being the Black Panther Party, and its leaders such as Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Fred Hamption, and Angela Davis.